Earl Younger is happy in regards to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
“That is simply such an thrilling time for the athletes and for the world,” Younger stated.
He is aware of first-hand how they really feel, contemplating he was one among them within the 1960 Rome Olympic Video games.
“It was unimaginable. I gained a gold medal there within the 4×400 and was part of the world record-setting group,” Younger stated. “However that appears like a lifetime in the past. I used to be simply 19 on the time.”
Younger, who now lives in Dallas, lately turned 80 on Valentine’s Day and is grateful he has made it thus far.
“In 2011, I went to the physician for a nagging cough. I simply couldn’t do away with it. I went in and he had requested me how lengthy it had been since I had had a checkup. I stated about 4 years. He did all of the assessments and stated that my whites simply weren’t there, and the white cells are your immune system,” Younger stated.
He was referred to Texas Oncology to get extra assessments. He walked out with an acute myeloid leukemia prognosis and the physician stated he may need three months to dwell.
“I requested the physician if there have been another choices. If there was a method, I might beat it. He stated a bone marrow transplant would do it,” Younger stated.
So, the search started for a donor. Somebody who would have the ability to save Younger’s life.
The search yielded one match out of twenty-two million that have been on file world wide. The girl who saved his life was in Germany. Her donation flown from Frankfurt to DFW Airport and shortly given to Younger. The transplant saved his life.
“I’m simply so grateful to be right here. I’m a believer and this entire ordeal actually formed my non secular life,” he stated. “However throughout all of this, I discovered that solely 4 out of 10 individuals can get an opportunity at an extended life by way of a bone marrow transplant will truly discover a match.”
From that transplant, Younger determined to do one thing good to assist others coping with blood cancers. He began Earl Young’s Team. A nonprofit that visits predominately faith-based faculty campuses to teach college students on the necessity for bone marrow donors and the way they can assist. The primary donor drive was held in 2015 at Abilene Christian College, the place he’s within the Sports activities Corridor of Fame.
“We go to the faith-based organizations as a result of lots of the college students go to Chapel. So we go there and speak to them about how they could have the ability to save a life,” Younger stated.
By means of Earl Younger’s Staff, 16,000 college students have been swabbed to be added to the donor registry. Out of these, 61 individuals have been given an opportunity at an extended life.