D2 Football Player Risks Career To Save a Life

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

Jared Bonacquisti is a fullback for West Chester University. During the summer of 2011, he made a decision that could have changed his football career forever.

Bonacquisti donated bone marrow to Sigita Sleckus, an electrical mechanic from Illinois. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 when his wife was pregnant with their first child. Doctors told Sleckus he had a very slim chance of survival.

That is when Bonacquisti stepped in. The football player learned he was a perfect match for Sleckus and had no hesitations to donate. He was just a freshman in college when he decided to save this stranger’s life.

Sleckus refers to the fullback as his hero but Bonacquisti does not see himself that way. He tells the Daily Local News, “To me, heroes are people in the military, policemen and firemen, people who put their lives on the line every day.”

Bonaquisti and his team were one game away from playing in the Division 2 national championship game last year, but he ranks his donation experience as something more meaningful than winning that game would ever be.

But, something even more momentous for the heroic footballer happened this weekend when he got to meet Sleckus for the first time.

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