Star Athlete Stops Competing to Save Stranger’s Life

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A college senior at the University of New Hampshire is giving up the sport he loves to save a stranger’s life, according to CBS News.

Cameron Lyle, 21, competes in shot put and hammer throw. He has been training 8 years for his chance at the final two meets of the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships next month.

But instead of competing, Lyle is hanging up his cleats to save the life of a complete stranger.

It started his sophomore year when Lyle and his teammates had their mouths swabbed to join the National Bone Marrow Registry.

Two years later, Lyle found out he is a 100 percent match for a 28-year-old man with less than 6 months to live. Lyle was told the chances of being an exact match outside of the recipient’s family is 1 in 5 million.

Lyle’s last competition was Saturday. All his teammates where there to cheer him on.

He began the process Wednesday morning at Mass General Hospital in Boston.

Watch CBS News’ report above.