Man celebrating anniversary of bone marrow transplant—But who’s next to him—stops dead in his tracks

He described it as "a blessed thing that I hope more people can witness."
April 14, 2018 10:02 am Last Updated: April 20, 2018 6:03 pm

When family and friends sing “Happy Birthday” in a public place it typically attracts attention.

So when Bruce Becke’s family sang happy birthday to him as he sat with a large birthday cake in front of him, the table next to him couldn’t help but ask how old he was.

The conversation that followed was a moment no one will ever forget.

In 2015 Becke learned he had leukemia.

Becke shared with WWMT that on December 5, 2015, he was having a blood test when he was informed he had a much bigger problem than high amounts of iron in his blood.

“I was having my blood drawn for high iron and they had a problem with my numbers and it come to be leukemia,” he said.

Thankfully he was able to find a donor on the donor registry and he underwent a successful bone marrow transplant.

Doctors informed him there were only two donors on the donor registry that were a perfect match to him.

On March 31, 2018, Becke and his family celebrated the two-year anniversary of his transplant at Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan.

His family presented him with a cake and sang happy birthday.

At the end of March 2018, Becke and his family celebrated his two-year anniversary.

A group at the table next to theirs inquired how Becke considered himself to be two years old.

He explained that two years earlier he had received a bone marrow transplant from a 26-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland.

“He’s the only reason I’m here today,” Becke explained to the woman.

The table next to Becke asked about his celebration so he explained the meaning.

The woman sounded shocked and revealed that their table was also from Baltimore. She asked about the donor’s name and when Becke said the donor’s name was Mike Drisgill, a man sitting in the booth next to Becke looked up.

“My name’s Mike Drisgill,” the 26-year-old said.

Becke’s donor had come to surprise him.

The 62-year-old was absolutely shocked, but extremely happy to have met the man who saved his life.

Becke told WWMT the meeting was “a blessed thing that I hope more people can witness.”

Both men also hope that their meeting will inspire others to join the donor registry.

Posted by Mike Drisgill on Tuesday, April 3, 2018