By Katy Gill
This is the tearful moment a 7-year-old who overcame leukemia bursts into floods of tears when meeting the bone marrow donor that saved her life.
The day before Mother’s Day in 2015, Adriana Aviles, then 4, was diagnosed with leukemia, in their home of Utah, United States of America.
In celebration of overcoming the deadly disease three years later, the family decided to celebrate this Mother’s Day 2018 by meeting the man who saved their little girl’s life.
Captured in an emotion video, Adri can be seen alongside her twin sister, Maiya, embracing 29-year-old Mike Laureano in a teary hug – the beautiful twins refusing to let go of their hero whilst nuzzling their faces into his neck and holding him tightly.
Mum-of-three Jessy Aviles said: “Adri might might only be 7-years-old, but her heart and mind are wise – she knows how incredible this gift of life was.
“Adriana fell apart as soon as she saw the sight of his car on our drive – not in a sad way, but in an overwhelmed, appreciative way.
“Within seconds of him arriving, she was in his arms thanking him for saving her life, which is where she stayed there for the entire evening.
“Mike is an incredible man. We felt so much love and comfort for him – our twin daughters fell in love with him instantly.
“We have a bond with him that will last forever. Words will never explain my gratitude for Mike.
“I wish I could hand him my heart and let him feel it, only then would he know what he has done for my family – it is beyond anything a word could describe, it is a feeling.”
Mike decided to sign up to Be The Match after attending a donor drive at his university, stating that he had health and happiness and an obligation as a human being to allow someone less fortunate to experience the same.
Through Be The Match’s service, those who receive a donation are allowed to reach out to the donor one year later, which allowed the Avileses to reach out to Mike.
The 29-year-old said: “I never signed up for Be The Match to receive any recognition or to become anyone’s hero.
“I signed up because it was the right thing to do.
“I was a healthy individual living my life, so if I could help allow someone else to do the same then I, as a human being, have an obligation to do so.
“The warmth I felt in my heart after receiving a message from Jessy, Adri’s mum was overwhelming – I was overflowing with joy and happiness to be able to finally meet their amazing family.
“I recommend signing up the Be The Match to anyone that is healthy.
“You never know the endless possibilities of life that could occur from your one small gesture – overflowing emotions and a life-long bond that will never be broken.”