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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

She didn't know her name or where she lived, but Sonya Kelly didn't hesitate when the call came from the National Marrow Donor Program requesting that she donate stem cells to save a leukemia patient's life.  On September 11, 2012 Kelly accepted the request, and traveled to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson where she underwent the six hour procedure to donate her stem cells.

 Kelly says it's something she thinks anyone would do.

"I still don't know her name for confidentiality reasons, but I do know that since I was born healthy I have a responsibility

to help someone in need if I can, " said Kelly. 

Kelly is also donates blood regularly, and is a registered a organ donor. 

The Hattiesburg native registered online to be a donor in 2008, but didn't hear back from the donor program until 2012.