After meeting several of his lifesavers at a donor recognition event last year, long-time NYBC friend and blood recipient Ariel Fishman, whose life was saved by dozens of blood donors after being struck by a taxi, recently got the chance to meet another lifesaver.
Eric Kuklinski is a sophomore at Columbia University who plays on their football team and is studying to be a physician. Eric donated for the first time at age 17 while attending Arlington High School. At nearly 6 foot 6 inches tall, he met Ariel at an emotional event at Columbia, in the company of campus officials and NYBC Donor Recruitment staff. Ariel's brother-in-law works at Columbia University in the Admissions Department and was responsible for sending Eric his Columbia acceptance letter. Ariel also attended Columbia University to get his PhD. The interconnections between their two lives were especially interesting. Columbia hosts six blood drives every year, and since 2000, more than 10,000 blood donations have been held on campus. About one-fourth of NYBC's blood donations come from high school and university students.