Thursday, April 7, 2016

USC Upstate's Cody Brittain shows he's a most valuable brother

USC Upstate baseball player Cody Brittain (left) donated blood marrow to help
his brother, Austin, in a fight with AML leukemia. (Photo provided by the Brittain family)
I was checking my e-mail before bed last night and found a note from Kim Brittain. She told me yesterday was the anniversary of the day her son, USC Upstate baseball player Cody Brittain, donated bone marrow to his younger brother, Austin. Austin was born with Down syndrome and autism and has been dealing with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Bone marrow transplants help in that battle.

She mentioned how proud she was of her sons and asked if I could give Cody a shout-out on this site. It was too late for me to do anything last night, but here's the shout-out.

Cody, a senior third baseman-pitcher, leads Upstate with a .384 batting average. He also has a 1-0 record and 5.21 ERA on the mound. Could he add a most valuable player award to his most valubale brother status?

Here's a link to a 1999 Baltimore Sun story about the brothers.

Here's some more  information on Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Here's a Greenville News story on former Furman player Jake Kinsley, who became a bone marrow donor last season.

Here's a Greenville News story from earlier this year on Presbyterian players Trey Hayes, Aaron Lesiak and Russell Thompson and their roles in bone marrow donation.

And, here's a link to, which provides information on folks wanting to be bone marrow donors.

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