A West Chester University football player risked his playing career to save another person’s life.
Fullback Jared Bonacquisti donated marrow in the summer of 2011 after learning he was the perfect match for Sigitas Sleckus of Chicago. Bonacquisti learned he was a perfect match for Sleckus after participating in an event sponsored by the Andy Talley Foundation, the foundation run and organized by Villanova head coach Andy Talley. Bonacquisti signed up on the marrow donor registry at the event as a freshman and made the decision to try to help save someone’s life despite having no idea who the recipient would be even though it would affect his physical condition for football. Sleckus calls the division two football player his hero, but Bonacquisti tries to keep things in perspective.
“To me, heroes are people in the military, policemen and firemen, people who put their lives on the line every day,” Bonacquisti said last week to the Daily Local News. “I’m just a person who did a good thing.”
Bonaquisti and West Chester came within one game of playing for the Division 2 football national championship last year, but Bonaquisti says this was much more meaningful to him.
“My teammates may not agree with that, but this experience tops that by far,” Bonaquisri said to the Daily Local News.
The two got a chance to meet for the first time over the weekend. This video feature on the story comes from CSN Philly.
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