You do not come across many truly selfless acts in today's society but this story puts faith back in humanity.
If this does not bring tears to your eyes, then I don't know what will.
A school principal from New Jersey has tragically died after donating his bone marrow to a 14-year-old boy in France.
Dr. Derrick Nelson had never met this sick teenager but immediately agreed to be a donor for him.
Sadly, he never recovered from the procedure but his legacy will definitely live on.
Members of the community, former workmates and his students have been touched by what a great man he was.
Leading many to pay their tribute to him on social media and actively spreading the story of how much of a great man he was.
Find out more about what Nelson achieved in his life at the bottom of the page.
Statistically, more than 130,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a serious blood disease this year.
Tragically, only 30% of patients who need a bone marrow transplant have matching donors in their families.
7,500 Americans are actively looking for a donor match on the national registry at any given time.
Caucasian patients are statistically the most likely to find a donor.
And most tragically, at least 3,000 people die each year because they can't find a matching donor.
Perhaps people are unaware that donating bone marrow is a fairly straightforward procedure.
And only a minuscule amount suffer a fatality from donating.
A bone marrow donation only requires less than five percent of an individual's marrow cells.
And thankfully there are still people who are willing to donate their bone marrow to help save a life.
Nelson had first donated blood back in 1996.
Over twenty years later, he was contacted and told that his bone marrow had been matched to a sick teenager in France.
Nelson spoke to a student journalist at his school prior to the procedure taking place.
He also went on to explain how the procedure may not be as straightforward as people think.
And all seemed fine until his final physical exam.
But the doctors refused to give up.
Unfortunately, after undergoing the procedure Nelson was unable to speak or move.
His wife and six-year-old daughter remained by his side in the hospital.
And on Monday, the school announced that Nelson had passed away.
Looking back on his life, Nelson was an extraordinary man who achieved so much.
BHM Challenge Day 1: Influential Black Man: Dr. Derrick Nelson is the 1st Black Principal of Westfield High School,… https://t.co/hP6DxNNrcv— Dr. RaShawn M. Adams (@Dr. RaShawn M. Adams)1549025794.0
Nelson had previously served as an officer with the U.S Army Reserve.
And unsurprisingly, tributes have poured in since his untimely passing.
Westfield School District Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan announced the 44-year-old’s death on Monday, saying the… https://t.co/XyEMcK4M8y— Luke Lottinville (@Luke Lottinville)1554866520.0
Governor Phil Murphy also said his piece.
Westfield High Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson – an educator and 20-year Army reservist – embodied all that makes New… https://t.co/hgL62Rhowd— Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1554831058.0
The town's Police Department also posted a message dedicated to him.
As did Mayor Shelley Brindle.
As well as many, many messages from his closest friends.Some who feel that life will never quite be the same without him.
And this heartfelt message from a fraternity brother.
My Frat brother, great friend and fellow educator has transitioned from labor to reward! Bro. Dr. Derrick Nelson, n… https://t.co/AED2AkIKSs— Dr. RaShawn M. Adams (@Dr. RaShawn M. Adams)1554768655.0
And of course, his students.
Dr. Derrick Nelson, principal at Westfield High School, died after complications related to a bone marrow donation.… https://t.co/mZPXG7UzCs— njdotcom (@njdotcom)1554844810.0
A vigil is taking place at the school today in his honor.
His funeral is said to take place later this week.
Perhaps with what will be his biggest legacy...
This man is a icon and a truly a great man. This would be a fantastic thing for the school to do. James Desarno: C… https://t.co/HRy7nYGPZo— paul patterson (@paul patterson)1554878102.0