02-13-20

Pay It Forward – College Football Player Saves The Life of a Local Toddler

Selfless acts deserved to be recognized! Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC came together for yet another edition of their Pay It Forward segment.  This time, they chose to highlight and recognize a college football player by the name of Mike Mushaw.  Mushaw is a 19-year old college football player a Central Connecticut State University.  Recently, he participated in a national bone marrow drive that changed the life of a young girl in our area.

A two year old by the name of Eleanor had been suffering with severe immune deficiency since she was born.  Her doctors added her to the National Bone Marrow Registry during a hospital stay at Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C.  They had no clue that they would soon receive a call saying that they found a match.  However, Mushaw wasn’t your typical donor.  He went above and beyond to keep in contact with the family.  When Eleanor was healed, she and her family went to visit Mike in Connecticut plus attend a few of his football games.  Mike even took it upon himself to travel to the District to surprise Eleanor for her birthday and the completion of her treatment.

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group invited Eleanor and her family to a live taping of Good Day DC.  Allison Seymour had the opportunity to chat with Eleanor and her mom live on camera.  They even had Mushaw call in via Skype.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group arrived on set to surprise Mushaw by announcing that his team will be given a post season dinner party courtesy of Easterns.  Bassam also gifted Eleanor with a subscription to Koala and a $1,000 donation in each of their names to Be The Match: The National Marrow Donor Program.

If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that goes above and beyond the call and is worthy of being recognized, Click here to nominate them.

Watch the video to see the way everything unfolded.

Link to original article – https://www.fox5dc.com/good-day-dc/college-football-player-donates-bone-marrow-to-save-little-girl-creates-lifelong-connection


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