When Bruce Becke and his family went out to dinner at Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan, they brought along a cake to celebrate his 62nd birthday.
But written in cursive blue icing was “Happy 2nd Birthday,” a seemingly odd statement for a man in his 60s.
After everyone joined in to sing to him, a mother and son sitting at the table beside them noticed the cake.
“How are you two?” the mother inquired.
Bruce explained that he’d received a stem cell transplant two years prior, so he and his family wanted to celebrate the two years he’d lived so far thanks to the life saving treatment.
As the families continued to chat, the mother asked Bruce who the bone marrow donor was.
“A 26-year-old kid from Baltimore, Maryland,” he offered. “He’s the only reason I’m here today.”
“We’re from Baltimore!” the mother told Bruce, before asking what the man’s name was.
“His name was Mike Drisgill,” he said.
“His name is Mike Drisgill!” the mother said, gesturing to her son seated right beside Bruce.
“You?” Bruce asked as the man who’d been hiding his identity with a hat and a dark jacket began to take them off.
Bruce’s confusion quickly turned to joy as he realized he was finally meeting his hero.
No one in the room could hold back their tears as the two hugged.
“Surprise!” one of Bruce’s family members said as he looked over to the camera.
“You should always look at who you’re sitting by,” he joked as he wiped the tears away from his eyes. “I might have guessed you!”
“It’s a pleasure to meet you,” Mike’s mom said.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you too!” he said to her and Mike. “Thank you.”
What a heartwarming surprise. This is one birthday both Bruce and Mike are sure to remember for years to come!
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