University of Florida student meets man whose life he saved with marrow donation

Marrow donor Michael Cizek meets recipient Jeff Turner for the first time Thursday night at Flavet Field.

Two years ago UF student Michael Cizek had no idea he'd help save someone's life simply by swabbing his mouth with a Q-Tip.

His DNA was added into a national database and matched a man across the country in Washington. On Thursday night Cizek met the man who now shares his blood.

The Gift of Life Marrow Registry arranged for Cizek and Jeff Turner to meet on stage during the X Ambassadors Concert on Flavet Field. They immediately embraced.

"It was the first time we ever met, it was the first time we ever hugged, but it didn’t feel like the first time to me, it felt like we did it many times before," Cizek said.

Turner was touched by the moment.

“He’s part of me now, and he always will be. You're family now," Turner told Cizek.

They immediately made plans to stay in touch.

"A lot of my friends back home want to know who he is," Turner said.

"I'd love to meet them, and I'm sure my friends would like to meet you, too," Cizek said.

"You're going to," Turner said.

Now after tonight's gift of life, you can call these two blood brothers.

"You’re an answer to prayers and I’m just so glad you’re here," Cizek said.

You can find out if you're a match for someone at Gift of Life's website.

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