Friday, April 26, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #105 - Part 8

Hero Award: Cameron Lyle

I'm going to end up this week with something to lighten the news a little. It's our Hero Award, given as the occasion arises to someone who just does the right thing.

Cameron Lyle is a senior at the University of New Hampshire. He had been competing in track and field and hoped to compete in the shot put at the American East Championship.

He won't. He will miss the last two meets of his college athletic career - because on April 24 he will be in the hospital to donate bone marrow to a complete stranger.

Lyle had his mouth swabbed two years ago, during his sophomore year. Many UNH athletes were being encouraged to join the bone marrow registry. A few months ago he got a call from the National Marrow Donor Program telling him he might be a match. A few weeks ago, it became clear that he was.

So he had a decision: Was he going to finish his season or was he going to maybe save someone’s life. He said it was a no-brainer.

The recipient, who by law must remain anonymous to Lyle for at least a year, is a 28-year-old male who is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He had been given six months to live and this could buy him a couple more years.

Thank you, Cameron Lyle, for making this week a little brighter than it otherwise would have been.


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