Stem Cell

Surfside Beach woman anonymously donates stem cells to young woman with leukemia

(Source: Stevielyn Winfield)
(Source: Stevielyn Winfield)
(Source: Stevielyn Winfield)
(Source: Stevielyn Winfield)
(Source: Stevielyn Winfield)
(Source: Stevielyn Winfield)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – One Surfside Beach woman has dedicated her life to helping others, and on Monday, she gave the ultimate gift of all – a second chance at life.

Stevielyn Winfield, a firefighter and EMT loves spending time with her husband, and their two sons, Grayson and Garrett. She also has a passion for helping others.

Winfield donates school supplies to kids in need, she helps people on some of the worst days of their lives as an EMT, and she recently donated blood stem cells to a young woman she doesn’t even know.

Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia or lymphoma. That breaks down to 480 people a day and 20 people an hour. Stem cell and bone marrow donors are always in need.

Winfield registered with www.BeTheMatch.org nearly ten years ago after a co-worker’s wife was diagnosed with leukemia. Potential donors register with Be The Match and doctors use their information to match them to a patient in need.

A perfect match is not as simple as having the same blood type – doctors look at DNA, tissue connections, heritage, and ethnicity as well.

Winfield almost forgot she signed up because she didn’t get a…