Athlete gave up his career to save a total stranger


When Cameron Lyle learned that he was a bone marrow match to a 28-year-old leukemia patient, he did not hesitated to donate part of his bone marrow even if it will end his collegiate track and field career.

Cameron doesn’t know the patient he will donate his bone marrow to, all he knew was the man only have 6 months to live.

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Cameron registered as a bone marrow donor back in his sophomore year and in February 2013, he was then in his senior year.

“I was surprised, I was pretty happy. I said yes right away,” Cameron told TODAY.

“And then afterwards I thought about everything that that meant giving up, but I never had a second thought about donating. If I had said no, he wouldn’t have had a match.” He added.

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Cameron underwent two-hour procedure, which involve collecting 2 liter of his bone marrow. As part of recovery he was unable to lift more than 20 pounds over his head for a week.

Even though Cameron missed several big games, including the America East Championship and the Penn Relays he claims that he has no regrets.

“It’s OK. It was worth it. I would do it again too.” He told Today.

*photo credits: Cameron Lyle and University of New Hampshire

Athlete gave up his career to save a total stranger

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