Mendte: Real Heroes

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NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – What makes a hero?  Larry Mendte suggests more people like this New Hampshire man should be getting the title.

The nature of news is to show the worst of us, often ignoring the best of us.

It is why we know the names of two brothers who used our freedom to attack America and those still fighting for America and its freedom in Afghanistan are a news after thought.

The word hero is so perversely defined that we apply it to self-centered multi millionaire athletes when real everyday heroes go underpaid and unrecognized.

No wonder the news can inspire us only to become cynical.

That is why it is important we report stories of true heroes like Cameron Lyle.

He is a field and track star at the University of New Hampshire.  But competition on the field is not what makes him a hero, it was a decision not to compete.

Cameron, a senior at NHU, and record breaking discus and shot-putter, has decided to not to compete in upcoming championship and national events because he is a bone marrow match for a 28 year old leukemia patient who has 6 months to live without a transplant.

After the rehab from the operation Cameron’s college career will be over, he gave up his dreams and what he trained his whole life for; because an opportunity beyond his wildest dreams was presented to him.

Or as Cameron Lyle put it, 'it`s just a sport.  I was given the chance to save a life.'

As I said, most news stories only inspire cynicism; the story of Cameron Lyle inspires us to become better people.

It inspired me.  I have signed up to find out if I am a match for someone who needs bone marrow and you can too at

Pass the web address and this story on to others.  We all need to do a better job of telling stories that inspire people to be heroes, like Cameron Lyle.