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Man meets bone marrow donor thanks to Mets and Gift of Life program

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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.