Jason Cofer got married Saturday afternoon, and one of his groomsmen was more than just another attendant in the wedding. In 2000, Jason donated his bone marrow to a teenager in Montana.
That boy, Blake Underrinner, survived the bone marrow transplant, and served as a groomsman today in Jason's wedding. It was a special moment for the two men, who have grown close.
"He's part of my family now," Jason said. "He's received my bone marrow, he's like my little brother now. I wanted him to be a part of one of the biggest days of my life."
Jason originally signed up to be a marrow donor more than a decade before being contacted in 2000. He didn't get to actually meet Blake until after the procedure was successful, in December 2001.