Lyle was uncertain how his coach would react to the news.
“I felt like I was walking into the principal’s office and I had done something wrong,” Lyle said.
His worries were misplaced. Coach Jim Boulanger was on board with the plan.
“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.”
Lyle’s selflessness and commitment to helping others is commendable. It comes at a time of transition for the young man about to finish college. It’s difficult to pass on one final shot at athletic glory. But it is a sign of Lyle’s maturity that he knows some things are more important.
Lyle does not know the identity of the person who will receive his gift. The rules of bone marrow donation require that the participants remain unknown to each other for a year. After that time, they will each have the opportunity to sign consent forms that would allow their identities to be revealed.
Lyle said he would like to meet the recipient.
“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.”
We hope they meet, too, and find each other in good health.