Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day and National Donor Day. To the Falk family, the latter means a lot.
Aidan Falk, a junior on Michigan’s softball team, donated her bone marrow to save her older sister Emma’s life four years ago. They recounted it for the Detroit News on Monday night. Read the whole story here.
Emma Falk had been in remission for Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2013. Twice she beat cancer — the second time with the help of her sister.
“Big picture-wise, it was something very small to me. It wasn’t worth deciding over. She’s my sister and I would do it 100 times over if I had to,” Aidan Falk told the Detroit News. “So it wasn’t like at that moment, ‘Oh, should I do this? What about my future?’ No. I didn’t let myself think of doing anything else.”
Aidan Falk was a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a catcher in 2016 for a 52-7 Wolverines team that reached the College World Series. This season, she’s already 5 for 11 with 4 RBIs in five games.
Emma played two seasons of college volleyball at Loyola-Maryland.
“I’m thankful every day. She saved my life,” Emma Falk said. “I know it sounds cliche, but she’s almost like my other half.”