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Baseball game aims to save lives and remember deceased teammate

Chip Cummings Field in Plattsburgh decorated with Brian Mehan’s initials and number in his honor. 
Brian Mehan crossing the feild in full catcher’s gear.

Chip Cummings Field in Plattsburgh decorated with Brian Mehan’s initials and number in his honor. Brian Mehan crossing the feild in full catcher’s gear.

— Through Be the Match, Painter said all medical expenses were handled by the non-profit which can include travel, lodging, food and other expenses for donors who must travel to receive treatments.

“Be the Match compensates 100 percent,” said Painter. “It doesn’t matter if you have insurance or you don’t they handle it.”

Be the Match couldn’t tell Painter much about the person who he donated his bone marrow to. Though they were able to tell him it was a male about 48 years old and from a card he received later he learned the man also had been married for 25 years and had two children.

A year after the transplant, donors and transplant recipients with Be the Match can have the opportunity to meet or speak. Painter said he hopes to take advantage of the opportunity.

“We encourage everyone to come out and get tested, it’s an opportunity to save someone’s life, if you’re on the other side you’re always hoping someone will step up, this is their opportunity to potentially save a life,” said Doorey.

For more information about the event or to learn more about how to become a donor contact Doorey at Plattsburgh State at 564-2000.

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