Bergen County soccer player meets man she donated lifesaving stem cells to
It's Giving Tuesday, and a Yale student from Bergen County is finally meeting the man she donated life to this year.
Sarah Jordan, of Mahwah, is used to handing out winning goals on the soccer field, but now she has met the man she gave life to. The emotional reunion was a year in the making and had to be done virtually due to COVID-19.
Jordan donated lifesaving stem cells to Mike Silberstein, a father battling an aggressive form of leukemia. Jordan says from the day she donated, she knew she wanted to meet her match.
"I think it's one thing to say you were a match and just have the name, age and the condition of the person that's in. But to really finally see the person, see his family, see his daughter - all of that - I think was a really, really awesome moment," Jordan says.
"I just thought to myself, 'What kind of human is this - that at 19 years old would want to give the gift of life?" says Silberstein.
Silberstein is now one-year free of leukemia, and almost 100% of his blood cells now come from Jordan's bone marrow.
The reunion was made possible by the Be the Match Foundation, which is seeking monetary donations to help their cause.
“Imagine if we all just gave a little bit. A dollar, $5, $10 – maybe just the cost of your morning coffee. Every little bit helps,” says Jordyn Kolar, of the Be The Match Foundation.
Sports is the reason Jordan signed up to donate her marrow. She donated after a Yale hockey player died of leukemia.
More information about how to donate to the Be The Match Foundation can be found on the organization’s website.