QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11) -- It was an emotional day at Citi Field and not just for Mets fans watching the game against the Cubs.
The ballpark was a special meeting place for a bone marrow donor to meet his recipient for the very first time.
The long wait finally over for Jason Saibel, a meeting years in the making thanks to the Mets and their involvement with the Gift of Life program.
Despite being terrified of needles, the 26-year-old decided to become a bone marrow donor 2 years ago. Something he calls a "no brainer," ended up saving Dave Kallen's life.
It turns out a swab of Jason's cheek proved they were a match. Kallen, a father of three, got the very rare chance to meet his donor.
Kallen was diagnosed in 2008 with aplastic anemia, and then leukemia a few years later. After rounds of chemo didn't work, he realized he needed a bone marrow transplant.
The two men and their families were given the special opportunity to meet at Citi Field and bond over a game of baseball between the Mets and Cubs.
Now lifetime bond formed and a life saved because of a simple swab of someone's cheek.