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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on Ryan Carter who is donating bone marrow today in order to help save a young boy's life.

AMHERST - Ryan Carter doesn't know who the boy is, where he lives, or almost anything else about him. He knows only that the 5-year-old is sick and Carter, a third-year sophomore defensive back for the University of Massachusetts football team, today will do what he can to save his life.  

Like almost every member of the Minutemen, Carter is registered as a potential donor in the National Bone Marrow Registry. The Maryland native didn't think much about it when he swabbed the inside of his cheek two years ago as part of the annual drive by UMass to sign people to the registry.  

"At first I was shocked. Is this real? Did I really get chosen?" Carter said. "Then I started getting almost excited. I get to save somebody's life. I get to be a part of helping this young kid live. ... There's seven billion people in the world and this one person needs something that I have. It really opens your eyes that this person could live or die depending on me."

Happy belated birthday wishes to Ali Houlis of women's lacrosse and football's Igor Garcia! The two celebrated their birthday on August 4. Happy belated birthday to K.R. Jurgelevich of men's lacrosse who celebrated his birthday on August 5! Happy belated birthday to Michael McDonough of men's track! Michael celebrated his birthday on August 6. Happy belated birthday to football's Ryan Carter and field hockey's Nicole Cordero! Both, Ryan and Nicole celebrated their birthday on August 7. 

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Gazette: Tricky Return Great Start For Football

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour takes a look at the kickoff return for a TD that got UMass started on the right foot in the 39-24 win over Maine.