Superior Court Judge Carl Fox is battling blood cancer and has been searching for a bone marrow donor. So far he hasn’t found a match, but he did receive an offer of help from one of the last people he would expect to hear from – somebody he helped put in jail.

Franklin Correctional Center inmate Charles Alston, who is serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery, sent a letter to Fox in July with a very generous offer.

“You were the District Attorney during the course of my trial,” wrote Alston. “There is no hatred or animosity in my heart towards you … I know you are in need of a matching donor for bone marrow. I may or may not be a match, but would have been willing to make the sacrifice if needed.”

Alston said that Fox helped save his life by putting him in jail, so he wanted to return the favor.

Unfortunately, inmates are unable to be on the registry due to the increased risk of infectious diseases, but Fox was pleasantly surprised by the gesture.

“I was very touched by it…totally surprised,” he said. “I never thought Charles Alston would’ve written me and offered me the right hand of fellowship and offer to do something to save my life.”

Fox said that Alston had “every reason to be angry” and that it means even more given the circumstances of their relationship.

Alston said that if he has the opportunity to meet Fox again one day, he’d like to pray with him.

“That’s what I would love to do.”