Student Donates Marrow To Terminally Ill Man, Gives Up Athletic Career

An inspirational story has unfolded at the University of New Hampshire, where a track and field athlete has given up his athletic career to donate bone marrow to a person suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

According to the Associated Press, Cameron Lyle, a senior at UNH, will miss the final weeks of his track and field career after deciding to help a 28-year-old man suffering from cancer. Lyle was scheduled to donate bone marrow to his anonymous recipient on April 24. Lyle had his mouth swabbed during his sophomore year at UNH and waited two years before a bone marrow match was discovered.

“[Doctors] told me it was a one in 5 million chance of me being a match for a non-family member,” Lyle said to the AP. “They gave me the timeline and everything’s been moving quickly after that.”

Lyle said the recipient would remain anonymous for at least a year following the procedure. “He has six months to live and I have the possibility to buy him a couple more years,” Lyle told the AP.

Lyle’s generosity is tremendously moving. A person who is terminally ill or fighting cancer may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). For information about bone marrow donations, you can visit the National Marrow Donor Program, where you can register to become a donor.

If you or a loved one has a terminal illness and you have questions about disability benefits, do not hesitate to contact our Tulsa Social Security Disability lawyers for a free evaluation of your case. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 265-1404.

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