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Relief pitcher for USCB to donate bone marrow to boy in France

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

It's not everyday that you get the chance to save a life. One student at the University of South Carolina in Beaufort is taking that chance.

From a simple cheek swab in October at a Bone Marrow Registry drive, relief pitcher for the USCB Sand Sharks Jason Boulais found out a few weeks ago he was the best match to save a little boy's life in France.

"I never really gave it a second thought to say no to donating to the kid. To give someone a second chance at life is much more important than me going out and playing five more games," Boulais said. 

It's his last year, but for Boulais, this was the first choice to make a difference.

"It's a young kid, he's only gotten to live a little bit of his life, he deserves to live a lot more of it. Even if its a stranger, never met him, even if I never meet him, its just something to help him out," he said. 

Boulais's family and friends could not be more proud of him and his decision. His coach is especially moved by his selflessness.

"I've got one kid, one little girl, um she uh you know, whew give me a second here, you know, just going home and seeing her and realizing what Jason is doing for somebody else... it's awesome," coach Bryan Lewallyn said. 

Boulais will donate his bone marrow sometime in April and won't know for a few months if that donation succeeded in saving the little boy's life.

"Any chance was enough," Boulais said. 

The USCB is holding a health fair Wednesday April 1st at 11 a.m., so if you are inspired by this story you can add your name and DNA to the donation registry.

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