A South Florida cancer survivor met her bone marrow donor for the first time.
CBS12 captured the emotional moment the two women came face to face during the Gift of Life Steps for Life 5k held at South County Regional Park Sunday morning.
Forty-year-old Amy Hearin stood on stage joyously waiting to meet the woman who gave her a second chance at life.
“Amy without further a due, I would like you to meet your donor Zoe.”
Hearin and her bone marrow donor 22-year-old Zoe Miller hugged like they’ve known each other forever.
“It was awesome. I never thought she would be the cutest little, look at her. She could be my sister. Well she is,” Hearin said.
The emotional moment played out in front of Hearin’s mother.
“ I am like oh my god this is why my daughter is still alive and I am so grateful to her and people like her,” said Debbie Beinfest. Hearin’s mother.
Hearin was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma just 11 days after giving birth to her daughter parker.
“It was incredibly devastating to say the least and it was a real race to the finish line from there,” Hearin said.
A few months after being diagnosed with the deadly disease, the Gift of Life Marrow Registry found Hearin a match. A young college student from New Jersey.
“She gets to live now because I spent one day with needles in my arms. That’s nothing,” Miller said.
Hearin’s family shared a picture taken on the day Hearin received Miller’s stem cells.
Now 19 months later, Hearin is enjoying every moment of being a mom, thanks to Zoe.
“I don’t know if you can ever understand the magnitude of the gift that you gave me, but you are a part of me literally. So thank you. I really appreciate it,” Hearin said.
The Gift of Life is national non-profit based out of Boca Raton.