Leukemia Survivor Meets His Donor For First Time At Cubs Game

Josh Byrd and Stephanie Newton are both lifetime Chicago Cubs fans, but they also hold a very special bond.

Byrd was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2014 and was told that without a bone marrow match, the chances that the leukemia would come back was 95%.

Luckily for Bryd, Newton was his match.

Stephanie signed up with a non-profit organization, DKMS, bone marrow registry, but hadn’t heard anything in 5 years when she got word that she was a match.

When she got word that she was a match, and found out the Josh was a Cubs fan, she joked with her friends that he was a Cubs fan before the transplant.

Josh and Stephanie met for the first time at Wrigley Field before the Cubs vs. Rangers game last Saturday, July 16th. While Josh admitted that he was more emotional than he thought he would be, he also admitted that he still worries the cancer will come back. To which Stephanie replied, “I’ll always be here if anything happens, and he doesn’t have to worry about it coming back, because you know, I’m in.”

Watch their emotional meeting HERE.

Both Josh and Stephanie hope that their story will encourage others to get their bone marrow tested to help save more lives. Find out more information how you can help save a life by clicking HERE.

 

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