Jake Kinsley just saved the life of a woman he had never met.
The 22-year-old senior at Furman University in South Carolina gave up part of his senior year as catcher of the baseball team to donate bone marrow.
Kinsley initially signed up for the Be The Match program when was 18. His assistant coach had a relative that needed a bone marrow transplant, and Kinsley wanted to help out. Kinsley didn’t end up being a match, but he remained on the list.
In February of this year, he got a surprising phone call that changed his life. A 55-year-old woman with leukemia needed a bone marrow transplant — and Kinsley was a match.
“I’d like to say that I feel there’s a lot of misconception donating for bone marrow,” Kinsley told ABC News, “and that’s why I think there’s so few matches out there. I think people are scared and that it’s painful. It’s really a non-invasive procedure and I would really encourage people to sign up at Be The Match.”
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