Last year, Fred Roth got a phone call changing his life forever. Roth said, "On Friday the 13th, I get the call you have leukemia."
There were no signs, Fred was in perfect health. One day he was hiking Utah's mountains and the next he was being told results from a physical had very bad news.
Fred speaking with his wife Kathleen said, "First thoughts for both of us: Why, why us? Now I'm dying."
Once the shock wore off, Fred and Kathy got to work they were not going to let this win.
Fred said, "We just have to move forward, you can't look back you have to move forward."
Fred needed a bone marrow transplant. None of his family were matches, so they went to the national registry looking for a donor.
Fred had at least 12 donors, but it didn't go easily.
Fred explained, "We had 11 people back out."
On December 12, 2012 very good news: the 12th donor was good to go.
January 3 of this year, Fred checked into Huntsman Cancer Institute. More intense chemo wiped out his bone marrow and the donation was put into his body.
While Fred works back to full health, everyone around him has to be very careful. Face coverings and protective gear needed to protect Fred's fragile immune system.
Fred has worked very hard every day to make his recovery so elegant. He said his success has come from, "Getting in great shape, being optimistic, and mentally ready."
Fred is hopeful for the future, but wants his experience to be a warning to you: "If i didn't have that physical exam i might not be alive right now."