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William & Mary football player who donated bone marrow meets recipient 3 years later

Posted at 9:28 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 21:28:02-05

Video courtesy of William & Mary Athletics 

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - It was an emotional moment at Friday's football practice at the College of William & Mary.

William & Mary football captain Mark Williamson meets Rusty Plemons

Surrounded by his cheering teammates, Team Captain Mark Williamson met the man whose life he helped save through a bone marrow transplant.

Rusty Plemons, who is from Ohio, received a bone marrow donation from Williamson in 2016 thanks to the Be The Match program.

The two hadn't met in person until Friday.

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Plemons will also participate in the coin flip at Saturday's football game.