Bond Of Sisterhood: GMA Host Robin Roberts's Sister Saved Her Life By Becoming Her Bone Marrow Donor 7 Years Ago

Date September 27, 2019

Robin Roberts is the host of ABC’s Good Morning America. She is one of America’s favorite morning show hosts and trusted TV personalities. Let’s have a look at a personal story of Robin’s battle with her health.

Robin’s rare blood disorder

The Good Morning America host was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). This illness means that the bone marrow can’t produce fully matured and functioning blood cells.

Robin developed the rare blood disorder as a result of chemotherapy from her cancer treatment. More than a decade ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The TV host was successfully treated, but that was not the end of her ordeal.

Bone marrow donation

Roberts needed a bone marrow transplant in order to survive. Without the procedure, she wasn’t expected to live long. Fortunately, her sister, Sally-Ann who was a perfect match donated her bone marrow.

Thanks to Sally, Robin's life was saved. The GMA host together with her sister shared their incredible story. Speaking on sisterhood at the Essence Festival, Robin said:

You don’t take it for granted that someone is going to put their life on hold for you.

However, Sally-Ann, on the other hand, said she wouldn’t have thought twice before donating the bone marrow that saved her younger sister’s life. She said:

I was born for this. I believe that before I was in my mother’s womb that God knew. I believe that God allowed me to be a perfect genetic match.

Robin Roberts is forever grateful to her sister. She took to social media to express her love and how thankful she is to Sally-Ann. The TV host posted a picture of the ladies and captioned the post:

I received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from my incredible big sister Sally-Ann. Following the transplant there were many difficult, challenging days and months. I’m forever grateful that my sister and countless prayers (bless all who prayed for me!) got me through my something.

Robin is not afraid to share her story. Keep up the good work!