When Nicole Shen opened her package from Amazon she was surprised to see that not only did she receive what she had ordered, but she also received a set of keys and an Amazon employee’s ID badge.
“I just instantly was like, these are car keys! This is in apartment key! I’ve got to find this guy,” she told KHOU.
What happened after the two finally connected online is something she never could have predicted.
After discovering the keys in her package Shen was determined to return them to their owner.
The amazon employee that packed my box left his entire set of keys in my box. 😂 even a car key. Poor dude. I just FB messaged who looks like might match up to Kenneth. 🤞
Shen, who lives in Richmond, Texas, was surprised to see the keys and employee badge packed away with her Amazon order.
She knew she had to return the items to their owner, Kenneth Delerme, so she shared a photo on Facebook in hopes of connecting with Delerme.
It didn’t take long before the two were able to connect and arrange for her to ship the keys back to Delerme, who lived about 150 miles away near the San Marcos Amazon fulfillment center, but the story doesn’t end there.
Several days later Delerme received his keys and employee badge.
I just got my keys 🔑❤️ Nicole Shen thank you so much for Roman’s drawing and for the key finder, I’ll try not to send…
Delerme was extremely grateful. “It was so amazing what Nicole did,” he said.
According to KHOU after he lost his keys his car had been towed and he was forced to sleep at a friend’s apartment.
While reading through some of the comments on Shen’s Facebook post, he noticed that a number of people suggested he “swab” as a way to thank Shen for returning his keys.
During the exchange Delerme learned that Shen’s son was in need of a bone marrow transplant.
During their conversation Delerme learned that Shen’s 3-year-old son, Roman, has a rare disease called Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS). According to the National Library of Medicine, SDS is a genetic condition that primarily affects bone marrow, the pancreas, and the skeletal system.
“The blood is the most fatal part,” she explained.
Roman can’t produce white blood cells on his own, which means something as small as a cold could be fatal.
Delerme signed up for the registry and took a swab.
Since it is highly likely that Roman will need a transplant, Shen has spent most of the past few years searching high and low for a donor.
Unfortunately, Roman has yet to find a match; however, his odds of finding a donor improved once Delerme learned how simple it was to help the little boy.
In addition to taking his own swab, Delerme has encouraged friends and family to see if they could be a potential donor.
After Delerme signed up for the registry and submitted his swab he took to social media and encouraged others to take a swab.
Throughout the entire process Shen has been extremely grateful.
“I was persistent in finding Kenneth and getting his keys back. In return, he wanted to help us save my son’s life,” she told FOX 7. “It is fate those keys got to me because everything since has been magic!”
They haven’t found a match for Roman yet, but they remain hopeful.
They met in the most unlikely way, but it’s because of their chance encounter that Roman’s chances of finding a potential donor have massively increased.
To learn how you can help visit Be The Match’s website.