McMurry University to Feature Olympian Gold Medal Winner Earl Young

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, April 30, 2018 10:57 AM
  Archives 2017 - 2018

Abilene, TX

Earl Young, an Olympic gold medalist at the 1960 Summer Games and member of the Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame, will be speaking to McMurry University Chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 1.

Young will share his story, which also includes how a bone marrow donor saved his life. Materials and forms need to become a bone marrow donor will be available at the event.

A native of San Fernando, CA, Young ran the second leg for the American 4x400 meter relay, which won the gold medal in Rome with a new world record of 3.02.2. He also finished sixth in the 400m at those games, and three years later earned two gold medals with the 4x100m and 4x400m relays at the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Young, who was inducted into the Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2015, is promoting Delete Blood Cancer, an organization that encourages people to register as bone marrow donors. Young is a leukemia survivor and had a life-saving bone marrow transplant in 2011 at Medical City Dallas Hospital.

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