When four-year-old Kyle was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, his parents, David and Angela, knew their donor search would be complicated by his half Caucasian and half Chinese ethnicity.
The family turned to the Be The Match Registry® and Kyle received his life-saving transplant.
For David and Angela, watching their son fight his illness, go through a bone marrow transplant and now be able to focus on his passion for fishing and playing with his little sister, Lily, has been an incredible journey.
Their experience came full circle when Kyle was able to meet his donor, Lt. Segundo. When they met, the Lieutenant was so moved by Kyle's bravery that he gave the young boy his Purple Heart, earned during one of his three tours of duty in Iraq as a medic
When Hadley was six months old, her mother, Ashlie, thought she had an ear infection and brought her to the hospital. She was admitted when tests revealed her platelet counts were dangerously low.
"Our baby girl was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia," said Ashlie. "With those three words, our world came crashing down around us."
Hadley received her life-saving transplant in April 2014.
After recovering from post-transplant complications including graft versus host disease, she was discharged from the hospital that summer.
Today, Hadley is a happy and healthy toddler who loves to play with her two older sisters.
Hadley and her family met her donor, Nick, in November 2016.
For Ashlie and her husband Brad, thanking Nick in person was a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
"We are forever grateful to our donor angel," she said. "We have called him that since the beginning because that's what he truly is – our angel, our hero. He saved our family."