VILLANOVA, Pa. - During his collegiate career, Villanova baseball and football star Matt Szczur accomplished things on the field that few have matched in the history of either Wildcats program. Szczur was a highly-sought after professional prospect in both sports and is now in his third full season playing in the Chicago Cubs minor league system, where he is considered one of the organization's top prospects. And all of the accolades Szczur has received while playing sports pale in comparison to his willingness to give it all up if it meant having the opportunity to save the life of a young leukemia patient he had never met.
On Tuesday night, Sept. 3, the season premiere episode of E:60 on ESPN2 featured the story about Szczur's donation of bone marrow through the Be The Match foundation. Szczur registered for the National Marrow Donor Program during one of the annual registry drives held on campus and sponsored by Villanova football coach Andy Talley. Though the odds of being a match are just 1-in-80,000, Szczur was identified as the perfect match for a patient who is now, three years later, in remission from leukemia.
At the top of this story is the full video clip of the E:60 story that aired on Tuesday night and below is the original background story as well as more information on the National Marrow Donor Program and how you can join the registry of potential donors.
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