FDNY unites bone marrow donors and recipients
There were hugs and tears Thursday as two bone marrow recipients met the firefighters who saved their lives.
Hundreds of firefighters donate bone marrow through a partnership between the FDNY and New York Blood Center.
Joseph Stike, 29, for the first time met his donor - a retired Bronx lieutenant.
And 45-year-old Jeff Faller also met his lifesaver, 29-year-old Brooklyn firefighter Robert Paolillo, who signed up for the Be the Match registry years ago. Paolillo vowed he would sign up after his aunt received a bone marrow transplant.
Faller, who became ill after being exposed to an unknown toxin and spent some time in a coma, has three children. His wife says their family owes so much to Paolillo.
More than 200 people have donated over the past 13 years.