NC judge once given 3 months to live returns to bench

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge diagnosed with cancer in the bone marrow is back on the bench after receiving a transplant that saved his life.

WRAL-TV reports ( Superior Court Judge Carl Fox received a standing ovation when he returned to an Orange County courtroom Monday.

The 62-year-old Fox was diagnosed in April 2015 with a condition where stem cells in the bone marrow don’t mature or become healthy blood cells.

A “Save the Fox” campaign was started to increase to increase participation in blood marrow donation registries. Fox received a bone marrow transplant using umbilical cord stems because he never found a perfect match.

Fox said Monday that he once was told he had three months to live. He encourages others to donate bone marrow to save people’s lives.


Information from: WRAL-TV,

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