Two strangers became a part of each other through a lifesaving bone marrow donation, and Thursday they got to meet each other for the first time.
UF Student Michael Cizek swabbed to see if he was anyone’s donor match on campus one day, and as luck would have it, he was a perfect pairing for 52-year-old Jeffery Turner.
Two weeks after turner was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Cizek came up as a perfect match for the donation.
Turner is now healthy, happy and newly married, and he says it is all because cizek went out on a limb to see who he could help.
The pair met during an emotional moment at a concert on campus.
"You see, God gives you life, but then he gives you people like Michael to keep you going,” Turner said.
They both say this is the start of a life-long friendship, and Turner says he can’t thank Cizek enough for giving him a second chance at life.