CCSU Football Player Meets His Bone Marrow Match

Central Connecticut State University junior linebacker Mike Mushaw welcomed 1-year-old Eleanor to Arute Field on Saturday.

Mushaw entered in a bone marrow registry as part of the nation-wide “Be The Match” program and matched with Eleanor in 2018, helping save her life. She accompanied Mike on the field for the coin toss during the Blue Devils’ game against Saint Francis.

“We learned his name in July and finally being able to put my arms around him and just give him the biggest hug in the world and say thank you was a rewarding experience,” said Eleanor’s mother.

Eleanor’s parents say they’re lucky to have a happy ending and hope that more people will take part in the “Be The Match” program so others can be as lucky as them.

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