A little over two months ago we told you about Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter who donated a kidney to his player, Kevin Jordan. We were stunned by the generosity behind the move and the decision for Coach Walter to give up an important organ for a player he hardly knew.
Ever since donating his kidney, Coach Walter has been helping to raise awareness for kidney disease and organ donation. He says he’s feeling great and that Kevin is progressing well in his recovery. We had a chance to speak with Coach Walter on behalf of National Donation Life Month and we encourage you to visit www.kidney.org for more information on organ donation.
Our conversation with the heroic Coach Walter follows.
LBS: How has your life changed since you donated the kidney to Kevin?
TW: Well it’s certainly changed in terms of recognition. People are still sending emails and letters and calling, which has been great. Often times they share their stories of how organ donation has affected their lives in a positive manner, so that’s been an unexpected but very nice side effect to all this.
And then personally I’m more aware of organ donation as a whole and the need to increase awareness. My desire to be involved has grown exponentially.
LBS: Do you think it’s changed the team at all, like in a way that it brought people together more?
TW: We were a pretty close-knit group before this, but if anything, it made us more aware of the value of sacrificing for one another.
LBS: How is your recover coming along since the surgery?
TW: Everything has been pretty seamless. I’m back to exercising, my diet hasn’t changed, I’m not on any medication, so I’d say I’m 100% back to normal.