PSU Hockey Player Helps Save Life

By Jacob Kaucher

Published 01/29 2014 05:14PM

Updated 01/29 2014 06:22PM

STATE COLLEGE - For Penn State hockey's David Glen, it's the ultimate assist.
“I'm just so fortunate to be in this opportunity,” Glen says.
The sophomore forward knows he's saved a life.
“Very surreal,” the Edmonton native says of the experience.
Glen just finished a five day bone marrow donation process.
Through a program called “Be The Match” Glen learned he could help save a woman in her 50s fighting cancer.
He will have to miss about two weeks of action on the ice.
“A few games is well worth the sacrifice to give this lady a second chance to live her life and beat her struggle with cancer,” Glen says. “I think that it's a sacrifice, but it's a sacrifice that in the long run is nothing.”
Glen says he was a little nervous taking the idea to head coach Guy Gadowsky, especially since he'd be missing games in the middle of the season.
But the bench boss quickly put him at ease.
“No thoughts at all that the timing isn't good,” Gadowsky says. “This situation trumps all timing.”
And as word spread among teammates, the Nittany Lions knew Glen was the perfect player for this job.
“David's a great guy,” says junior defenseman Nate Jensen. “Very humble and he doesn't really think of himself that much. I thought that was just an incredible thing to do for someone else.”
To them it's fitting that Glen, known for his on-ice assists, has given someone else another shot.
For  more about “Be The Match,” click here.

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