Olympian keeps promise by donating bone marrow
SAN DIEGO – An Olympic gold medalist lived up to his promise of becoming a blood donor six years after a young athlete lost his fight to a rare blood disease.
The legacy of Evan Cousineau, a vibrant 9-year-old athlete who loved water polo, was brought to life Tuesday with the help of two-time Olympian Brad Schumacher.
Schumacher formerly coached Cousineau before he passed away from the blood disease.
The 39-year-old Orange County resident teamed up with Cousineau’s mother Gina to raise awareness and money to get people to sign up as bone marrow donors.
Four years after signing up, Schumacher was notified that he was a match for someone in need.
He drove to Scripps Green Hospital for a five hour stem cell extraction procedure Tuesday with Gina by his side.
Schumacher said he’s pleased to use his US Olympic water polo player and swimming gold medalist accomplishments as a catalyst for saving lives.