By: Kylen Mills
It's a gift she says she can never repay, but Saturday one local woman got the chance to personally thank the man who saved her life.
7 years ago Lori McFate was living day by day with Non–Hodgkins Lymphoma, and that's when a complete stranger came to her rescue.
"I wouldn't be standing here talking to you if he hadn't done what he did on June 22, 2006," said bone marrow recipient Lori McFate.
Lori was diagnosed with the blood cancer in 2001. After years of chemotherapy and radiation didn't work, doctors told her she needed a bone marrow transplant, but she had no match.
"You're just waiting and so it's a very dark place. You don't know. You don't know what your life expectancy is. You don't know how you are going to get through the next day," said McFate.
Just a few months later Lori says a miracle happened.
"By the grace of God someone came on that was a perfect match," said McFate.
Shortly after she underwent a successful transplant.
"I'm now cancer free. Thank you Michael," said McFate. All the way across the globe Michael Henkel was her savior.
"You want to say thank in person," said McFate.
So lori made it her mission to bring Michael here to the Quad Cities, and today that dream came true.
"You can't plan for what you're going to say to the man who saves your life until he's standing in front of you. I was speechless, I still am speechless," said McFate.
Michael flew from Germany thanks to an AngelMedflight..
"Everybody was screaming and shouting and wiping those signs. That was overwhelming it was amazing," said Henkel.
Michael gave Lori her life back, and both say the reunion was worth the wait.
"I'm grateful I'm honored I'm blessed. Life is fabulous I wouldn't be here today if Michael hadn't come on the registry when I needed him," said McFate.
"I can't describe it with words. It's amazing it's like coming home," said McFate.
Lori's friends and family say both Lori and Michael are an inspiration and Michael is now officially a part of their Quad City family.