Sometimes, you make friends with total strangers on vacation; occasionally, you meet someone that can change your entire life. That's what happened to Kevin McNamara, who had a strange interaction with a woman he didn't know--and now, he's trying to find her to thank her for saving his life.
McNamara is a New York City firefighter and a married father of two. As he and his family were vacationing at Great Wolf Lodge in Scotrun, Pennsylvania, he was approached by a woman he had never spoken to before in his life. The message she wanted to tell him was something rather startling.
"My daughter and I were having a great time in the wave pool," he said. "I don't know where this lady came from, but she patted me on the back and said, 'I don't want to ruin your vacation, but you have a melanoma on your back and you should get it checked out. I am not telling you this out of the blue — I'm a dermatologist.'"
McNamara, who had noticed the dark brownish, quarter-sized mole before and thought it was just a birthmark, was floored--but two days later, he took the stranger's advice.
To his further shock, the woman was right: He was quickly diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous kind of skin cancer--though thankfully, he had caught it early enough that it hadn't spread. Now, he wants to find the unknown woman whose quick action has saved his life.
"I had a guardian angel that day," he said. "This could have possibly been a disaster, and I have two young kids," he told TODAY. "I would love to just give her a great thanks and a hug.
He called the hotel and tried to locate the mystery woman's name, but had no luck. All he has is a description: Strawberry blonde hair, about 35 to 45 years old, and a height of about 5'2 to 5'6.
"I do believe God had a hand in it and that most people if given the opportunity would help a fellow human being if it meant saving that person's life," McNamara said. "I am forever grateful to that woman, and I can hopefully pass on that gift to someone someday."
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