In April 2013 an astonishingly valiant display of kindness and selflessness was demonstrated by a 21-year-old college student-athlete named Cameron Lyle. It was only in 2011 when the student enrolled at the University of New Hampshire was invited to become a potential anonymous donor of bone marrow by the National Marrow Donor Program. The organization operates a nationwide program called “Be The Match Registry” that regularly passes through college campuses and enlists potential donors.
Cameron was one of them and he willingly had his cheeks swabbed. In the meantime the college athlete was a rising star in the shot put discipline and practiced tirelessly for more than 8 years before reaching the finals of his senior season. In the same time he was looking forward to competing and crushing the competition he received a phone call from the donor program. It turns out Cameron was the only possible match for an anonymous 29-year-old leukemia patient in a desperate need of a bone marrow transplantation.
The 21-year-old athlete had to make a profound decision whether to terminate his career and save a stranger’s life or not. He chose the first option without no hesitation whatsoever, making his coach, teammates and parents proud. The donor procedure occurred with no complications for Cameron and after he recuperates he’ll be able to compete again.