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April 23, 2013

College athlete ends career to donate bone marrow

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PLAISTOW, N.H. —

When Lyle received the news, he texted his mother, Christine Sciacca almost immediately. She said tears came to her eyes when she heard what he would be doing.

“He’s my hero,” Sciacca said. “I couldn’t be more proud of him and how he’s been so humble about it.”

Lyle said he knew his mother would be proud of him, but he had different feelings about telling his coach, Jim Boulanger.

“I felt like I was walking into the principal’s office and I had done something wrong.” Lyle said.

But Boulanger completely understood when Lyle told him.

“I told him, you either do 12 throws at the conference championships, or you give another man a few more years,” Boulanger said. “It was easy for me.”

But it’s been a lot tougher for Sciacca.

“It’s been painful,” she said. “I don’t know of many 21-year-olds who would give up their last year of track to help another human.”

Sciacca will be with Lyle when he goes to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston later this month. Lyle and the recipient will be able to anonymously keep in contact for a year, until they both have the choice to sign consent forms to reveal their identities.

“I’d love to meet him some day,” Lyle said. “He’s not that much older than myself. I just can’t imagine what he’s going through.”

 

 

 

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