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Rhode Island’s Greenhalgh Donates Bone Marrow To Help Save A Life

Apr 12, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

University of Rhode Island football junior offensive lineman Matt Greenhalgh completed a bone marrow donation Monday morning at the Rhode Island Blood Center in Providence. Greenhalgh’s bone marrow donation will help save a leukemia patient’s life.

A Chepachet, R.I. native, Greenhalgh began treatment to extract his bone marrow on April 7.

“This has been the most gratifying thing I have ever done,” Greenhalgh said. “It just makes me feel so great to know that I have been able to help save someone’s life.”

Since head coach Joe Trainer’s arrival at URI in 2009, the Rams have hosted an annual bone marrow drive in support of the National Marrow Donor Program. Greenhalgh became a donor through this program two years ago.

On March 17, he was notified of his status as a perfect match to make a donation.

“I really just wanted to be a part of the registry and do my best to get people involved,” Greenhalgh said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be selected as a perfect match, but I am so glad to help.”

Through the Marrow Program’s privacy policy, Greenhalgh, who is a two-time CAA Football All-Academic Team honoree, is only able to have anonymous written contact with his marrow recipient within the first year of making his donation.

“After a year’s time when I am no longer restricted to anonymous communication, I would certainly love the opportunity to meet him in person,” Greenhalgh said.

“It is truly amazing that Matt (Greenhalgh) has been able to assist in such a worth while cause,” Trainer said. “Saving a life like Matt is doing is something he will remember forever. We could not be more proud of him.”

The Rhode Island football team will host its third annual Bone Marrow Drive on April 28 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the student quad.’s official release’s official release