(CBSNEWS) — University of New Hampshire senior track and field star Cameron Lyle has trained for eight years for his chance at glory at the final two meets of the America East Championships in May. But Lyle — who calls himself an “average, middle-of-the-road athlete” — is hanging up his running cleats before the big events.
The 21-year-old shot putter will forgo a shot at victory to save the life of a man he has never met. His sophomore year, Lyle and his teammates submitted mouth swabs to the join the National Bone Marrow Registry, a charitable gesture he completely forgot about until recently.
“I forgot that I was in (the registry) until they called me a couple months ago,” Lyle said, “Because they said the odds are so ridiculous.”