If you were to make a list of people willing to donate bone marrow to save your life, a man you placed behind bars for 25 years would probably not be your first pick.

Supreme Court Judge Carl Fox, however, found the exception.

After being diagnosed with blood cancer in April, Fox has been on a desperate search for a bone marrow donor to throw him a lifeline – what he didn’t expect was a letter from an inmate he had convicted offering to help.Kidney-transplant-Twitter-Mariana Tolentino

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Committed for armed robbery, Charles Alston received a 25-year sentence while Fox was serving as district attorney, which he is still currently serving. Alston wrote to Fox in July volunteering to test as a donor, crediting his wish to help to his recent spiritual conversion into a changed man.

“There is no hatred or animosity in my heart towards you or any man,” Alston writes in his letter. “I have forgiven you for the verdict I received and [am] serving that time in all humility of heart.”

Because inmates aren’t able to sign onto the donor list for risk of infectious diseases, Alston is not able to donate, however Fox was touched by the gesture.From a handwritten letter by victim's mom - CBS snapshot

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“I was very touched by it … totally surprised. I never thought Charles Alston would’ve written me and offered me the right hand of fellowship and offer to do something to save my life,” Fox told WRAL. “He had every reason to be angry with me, given where he is and the sentence he was given. It means even that much more he did that given the circumstances.”

If you would like to join Fox in his rallying for awareness of blood cancer, you can register as a bone marrow donor at Delete Blood Cancer.

(Photo from Save The Fox, on Facebook)

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