Alex Stock was first enamored by football by watching exciting college bowl games, but it was his empathy for sacrifice and selflessness that made him connect further with the sport.
Like many young boys, Stock and his friends gravitated towards sports growing up. But football was special to them. Through youth football, Stock began to realize the value of teamwork, togetherness and trust.
“I’ve played football for 16 years, starting with pee-wee and flag football,” he said. “Every guy I’ve played football with since pee-wee, I consider still best of friends. We have seen each through good and bad times. Team work is the biggest thing.”
These lessons would prove integral as he progressed through his high school education in Indianapolis. In Stock’s junior year, one of his closest friends developed Hodgkins Lymphoma. He saw this as the perfect opportunity to step up as a team player and help out.
“In high school, one of my best friends, Katie Lynch, developed Hodgkins Lymphoma,” Stock said. “I signed up for the National Bone Marrow Registry through her foundation, Katie’s Hope. I also convinced some of our other friends to sign up as well.”
It took some years, but he didn’t back down from his commitment when he was called.
“In March, I received a call that I was a match for someone. The entire process lasted about three months. It was a nice way to remember Katie and I also had a grandma pass away from a similar type of cancer.”
“I don’t want to think of it as a sacrifice, it was an opportunity to give someone another chance at life.
I just feel like if I was on the registry that someone would want to donate to me, I’d like to have that faith in humanity that many don’t seem to have anymore.”
Stock, who just finished his senior year at Manchester College, may have played his final snap as a running back but he says he’ll carry with him the football lessons he’s learned through life.