Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter ratcheted the coach-player relationship from important to vital when he donated a kidney to one of his players, Kevin Jordan; thereby writing a new chapter in the manual of coaching.
This is a dramatic example of commitment — Jordan had never actually donned a Wake Forest uniform. He was a recruit who arrived for his freshman year on campus with his kidneys already ailing. Nevertheless Walter still considered him as a member of the team.
Jordan’s kidneys were barely functioning … he needed daily dialysis; and none of his immediate family members were a match as an organ donor. Up stepped Walter, who volunteered to be tested and was found to be a compatible donor. On Monday, Feb. 7, the transplant was performed at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Both patients are doing fine as of this posting.
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