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Evansdale girl meets NYC firefighter credited with saving life

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An Evansdale girl met the man who saved her life on Wednesday.

Six-year-old Alise Williams and her family were in New York for a ceremony at the New York City Fire Department Headquarters.

The FDNY and the New York Blood Center honored six FDNY bone marrow donors, including Williams' donor, Firefighter James Wildes.

"It's the greatest feeling in the world to know you donated, that you were a match to somebody, and it actually helped someone," Wildes told the press in New York Monday.

At 16-months-old, Alise was diagnosed with Fanconi anemia, a rare life-threatening blood disorder, and her family was told she would need a bone marrow transplant to survive. In 2009, Alise received that transplant from Firefighter Wildes.

"There's no words to tell him how grateful I am," Alise's mother Deb Williams said.

Wildes and five others were honored this year in the NYBC's "Honor Roll of Life", but Wildes was the only one who met the recipient of his donation. In fact, it's a rare occasion. According to one New York television station, the 140 donors honored over the years, about a dozen have met the recipient.

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