Just yesterday, Tom Walter, the baseball coach at Wake Forest University, donated a kidney to Kevin Jordan, a freshman outfielder on his team. A kidney! To some random ass freshman that he doesn't even know yet. We are not talking about a coach sharing fatherly advice or even lending money to a kid. He gave up one of his own organs just so a player could lead a healthy and productive life. That is fucking incredible. Incredible enough to ignore the fact that both men have two first names (which is usually disturbing, let’s be serious). When a coach talks about treating his players “like family,” it is refreshing to know that someone out there really means it.
About a year ago, Kevin Jordan began suffering from flu-like symptoms. After losing 30 pounds in four months, doctors discovered that his kidney was, well, broken. He continued to play high school baseball while starting weekly dialysis treatments. Once Kevin left home for college last fall, his condition worsened and he was advised that a transplant would be needed; however, none of his family members was a match. Out of the blue, Coach Walter offered to undergo compatibility testing. He was approved as a match on January 28, 2011. Then, on February 7th, he and Kevin went for surgery at Emory University Hospital. Everything was successful and both are recovering well.
Kevin, who was drafted by the Yankees last year (kidney issue and all), hopes to return to Wake Forest by this summer. Coach Walter, the superhero that he is, will be back with his team for their season-opener on February 18th. I genuinely wish them all the luck in the world.