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Penn State hockey's Glen gives ultimate assist

Updated: Wednesday, January 29 2014, 11:09 PM EST

By Ashley Chase

"Encourage people to get tested; maybe they can be a match."

Inspiring words, spoken by Penn State men’s hockey sophomore David Glen. His journey to save a life started in an effort to find a match for Nittany Lion lacrosse player Drew Roper's mom. Glen wasn't a match for her, but was a match for a 50-year old woman fighting cancer.

“In December, we found out I would be a match and would actually be able to donate."

Over the last week, Glen has missed practice, and the Nittany Lions game against Boston College. He’ll also sit for this weekend's series against Ohio State, due to the 7-10 day recovery from the donation process. Glen replacing the steel blades he puts to the ice, with a steel needle in his arm.

The sophomore forward talked openly about the procedure. After four days of injections, the final day in the most intensive.

"They hook you up to a machine,” Glen said. “They've kind of got one needle going in this arm, and one going in the other arm. You're almost your own human circuit."

Despite not being able to play against second ranked Boston College last Saturday, Glen's presence was certainly felt in the building when the Penn State community recognized him on the ice at Pegula. His reception included one special sign of support.

"That [sign] was just special for me. He [Penn State student Sam Watson] took a lot of time out of his day to do that. I gave him a little tour [of Pegula Ice Arena] and he was pretty excited about it. It was a special moment."

An emotional Glen says he’s overwhelmed by the response. Glen passed the time in his hospital bed, reading messages from total strangers, and his fellow athletes and teammates.

"The support I've gotten from social media, emails, has really been more than I could ever imagine. Especially going out on the ice, that was a special moment for me."


Glen is still dealing with the effects of the procedure, feeling soreness similar to the flu, but says a week or two of inconvenience is worth it, to save a life.

Penn State hockey's Glen gives ultimate assist

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