According to the Ari Force, Lee registered with the Korea Marrow Donor Program as a potential donor after the story of Brian Bauman was made known in 1996. At the time Lee was studying at the Air Force Academy, and has since been serving as a fighter pilot.
Bauman is a Korean-American who was adopted by American parents. He suffered from chronic myelogenous leukemia but had difficulty in finding a bone marrow donor.
Lee was contacted by the Korea Marrow Donor Program at the end of last year.
“I wanted to donate as soon as the call came, but I was not able to answer immediately as I am a fighter pilot,” Lee said.
“However, I was able to donate with the support of those around me and the thought that it was a valuable opportunity to save someone’s life.”
In addition to Lee, the First Fighter Squadron has been operating a blood donation program to aid leukemia patients.
By Choi He-suk (email@example.com)