NFL Draft 2020: Austin Jackson underwent a bone marrow transplant to keep sister alive, leaves fans emotional
A special segment revealed the news of him undergoing a bone marrow transplant to save his sister's life
Austin Jackson gained love and respect of fans and viewers after it was revealed that he underwent a bone marrow transplant in order to keep his sister alive. The Miami Dolphins drafted former USC player Austin Jackson as the 18th pick in the first round of NFL Draft. After they announced that he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, they aired a special segment revealing the news of him undergoing a bone marrow transplant to save his sister's life.
NFL Draft 2020 is being held online for the first time in history after the coronavirus pandemic has us confined to staying safe in the comfort of our homes. While it is not yet known if the pandemic will simmer down before the NFL season arrives, but we do still hold on to hope.
Austin's sister, Autumn, who is a year-and-a-half younger than him, was diagnosed with Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a rare genetic disorder that results in her bone marrow not being able to produce a sufficient amount of red blood cells.
After they relied on blood transfusion for many years, she had to undergo a bone marrow transplant, and Austin's was a perfect match. In an interview with the LA Times, he said, "It was a godsend. There are 12 criteria through blood that you match. I matched all 12.”
On hearing the news, fans on Twitter are emotional and share their love for Austin. "I cried when Austin Jackson talked about being his sisters bone marrow transplant donor. I know my brother wanted to be mine so bad.. #NFLDraft2020," a fan wrote.
While another said, "I’m rooting for Austin Jackson and his sister. Nothing but blessings. #NFLDraft2020."
"#Dolphins drafting good people. Austin Jackson donated his bone marrow to save his sisters life. Dolphins are drafting leaders. #Dolphins #Culture #NFLDraft2020," a fan said.
Adding to that another fan shared, "The stories in this draft makes it worth the watch Austin Jackson USC with him donating his bone marrow to his sister #17 #Dolphins #NFLDraft2020."
"Austin Jackson’s story with his sister made me cry .. #NFLDraft2020," a fan said. Another added, "I’m watching the #NFLDraft2020 and crying, the love between Austin Jackson and his sister is so sweet."