Daniel was high school senior when he first became interested in marrow donation while writing a speech about Be The Match. He decided to join the registry, and was selected as a match just 3 months later. While he waited to donate, he started Indiana University’s Be The Match on Campus chapter. In spring 2014, Daniel donated PBSC to Missy, a wife and mother to 3 children. The transplant was a success, and the two became friends—determined to share their story to inspire others to join. In addition to hosting donor drives, he and Missy worked on a project to introduce legislation making it easier for moms in Indiana to donate their baby’s umbilical cord blood.
Unfortunately, Missy fell ill unexpectedly and passed away in 2016. In her honor, Daniel started Matches for Missy. Today, Daniel is the president of the Be The Match Inaugural National Committee, and has raised close to $20,000 to help patients and their families. Daniel was recognized a Volunteer of the Year at Be The Match Council Meeting.