Durham Grit Award
Jackie McIntyre has spent her life helping others. The 36-year-old nurse works in the Duke Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant unit, helping patients who are dealing with blood and bone marrow cancers. McIntyre has taken her commitment to helping others a step further, though. She has become a marrow donor herself.
Her choice to take the time and cope with some discomfort means a stranger – a 44-year-old woman battling lymphoma – gets a second chance.
“I see it as a more intimate way of doing what I always do, as a nurse and a caregiver,” McIntyre, who we are proud to give the Grit Award, told The Herald-Sun’s April Dudash. “… This is lifesaving. This is a small sacrifice for me.”
Take McIntyre’s words to heart, and consider following in her footsteps. You just might save a life.