Why Donate? Former UNO Coach has the Answer…

Find the time to watch this 13 minute video.

It’s about one man giving a piece of himself in order to help another individual. It’s about donating. It’s about life.

It’s about a young man named Kevin Jordan, and his college coach, Tom Walter, who coached baseball at the University of New Orleans for 5 years prior to now coaching at Wake Forest.

Kevin Jordan was on the road to success on the baseball field, when suddenly he became ill during his senior year in high school. After more than 5 months of doctor visits, Kevin was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder that causes kidney failure and is fatal if left untreated.

Now, with a new battle to face, Kevin would need a kidney transplant, and was put on a 4-5 year waiting list. With none of Kevin’s family members having a matching kidney to donate, time became of the essence.

In comes Tom Walter, the head baseball coach at Wake Forest, who signed Kevin to a scholarship prior to his illness. Having only met Kevin once, Tom Walter heard of his future player’s illness and took action without any hesitation. Walter selflessly gave up weeks of his time to undergo a variety of tests to see if his kidney was a viable match for Kevin.

It was in the middle of Wake Forest’s first practice of the year when Tom Walter received the call. He was a match. After a successful donation of his kidney, Walter was asked a seemingly simple question.

“Why Donate?”

Walter’s answer is simple and meaningful.

“Why donate is a simple answer, because there was just no way I was going to sit on the sidelines and watch this young man fight for his life when I could help.”

The message this week is just as simple:

Help where you can, when you can. It may not save a life like Coach Walter, but it will make a positive difference. When the opportunity presents itself, take the action rather than sitting on the sideline.

I’m sure we can all recall a time when we have sat on the sideline when we maybe should have given that extra hand, or jumped on the opportunity to help a little more. I know I’m guilty of this, but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is now is a time to challenge our self to make that difference.

Give it a thought, and take that action.

Thank you for taking the team to view this. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Think Positive. Don’t sit on the sideline.

Think Positive. Live Positive.


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