Even as hopes appear to be fading for a bipartisan healthcare reform bill, an even greater divide than the one between Democrats and Republicans may have already been narrowed. Outliers is talking about the fierce rivalry between New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox fans.
Outliers: Baseball foes find common ground
Even though both teams are heading into the playoffs, they called a truce in the name of healthcare—or at least for the healthcare of 3-year-old Yankee fan Matthew Welling, who is on the road to better health thanks to a bone marrow donation from Steve Karas, who—it can be said—is a Red Sox fan down to his bones.
Through the Be the Match national bone marrow registry, it was determined that the 52-year-old Karas is “a perfect match” for young Matthew who has osteopetrosis—a condition where bones become too dense—and was in need of a marrow transplant. But the story does not end there.
Karas, a sales coordinator for the Aflac insurance company, helped prompt Aflac to promote Be the Match and join with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, and the Red Sox at the back-to-school event, CollegeFest 2009, held late last month, with 235 students registering as potential donors.
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