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As Baylor’s assistant athletic director for communications, David Kaye is our go-to man for males’s basketball.
If I would like an interview with Jared Butler or Mark Important, he’s the man who units it up. When coach Scott Drew holds a press convention, David makes the preparations at a time when probably the most media can attend.
When Kevin Barrera wanted assist lately, David was his go-to man.
However Kevin’s wants have been far more critical than establishing an interview or making an attempt to search out basketball statistics.
He wanted a kidney. His have been failing.
A residing kidney donor was Kevin’s best choice, and he wanted a match. When Kaye discovered that he had the identical A-positive blood kind as his outdated school buddy, he bought the inexperienced mild to donate his kidney.
The process was accomplished June Three at Baylor Scott & White Medical Middle in Temple. Each have efficiently recovered and Barrera is again at work on the household enterprise at Barrera’s Nursery and Landscaping in Hewitt.
“I inform him on a regular basis he’s my hero,” Barrera mentioned. “For somebody to provide an organ like that’s so selfless. We’ve been buddies for a very long time, and I might do the identical factor for him. However for him to make that sacrifice for my household was fairly emotional.”
Kaye didn’t make the choice unexpectedly as he researched kidney transplants and the potential penalties. He talked it over along with his spouse Emily. When all the pieces appeared OK, he was wanting to be there to assist his good friend.
“I didn’t actually see any crimson flags,” Kaye mentioned. “From all the pieces I noticed, I used to be candidate and may lead a superbly regular life afterward. I believe the medical doctors have been very pleasantly stunned with how good Kevin’s numbers are.”
Barrera wasn’t shocked that Kaye stepped up for him as a result of he knew the depth of their friendship and his outdated good friend’s character.
They’ve been buddies since Kaye returned to Baylor in 2006 following a tour of responsibility in Afghanistan. Kaye had joined the Military Reserve following his freshman yr at Baylor in 2003, and was referred to as to lively responsibility in 2005 for a 15-month tour.
“People who find themselves prepared to danger their life for our nation are going to be there to assist household and buddies,” Barrera mentioned. “He’s means harder than I might ever be. I’ve instructed people who David was very gung-ho about doing this. However he went to struggle in Afghanistan, so this was most likely nothing to him.”
Seven years in the past, Barrera was identified with Sort 2 diabetes, and discovered that his kidneys weren’t functioning correctly.
Final October, Barrera started kidney dialysis and began trying right into a kidney transplant. When he was accepted in February for the transplant, Kaye shortly utilized to be a donor.
As a result of COVID-19 outbreak, Barrera’s transplant was delayed till June 3. He’s felt more and more stronger and more healthy within the weeks for the reason that process, however hasn’t ventured out an excessive amount of as a result of coronavirus unfold.
As a lot as something, he’s glad that he might put his spouse, Stephanie, comfy. They’ve two younger kids, Aaron and Aiden.
“There have been a few weeks the place my spouse was fairly anxious,” Barrera mentioned. “However I believe she feels OK now. Every thing’s beginning to get again to regular.”
Barrera and Kaye have been groomsmen in one another’s weddings, however their bond is tighter than ever now.
“We’re brothers the remainder of our lives so far as I’m involved,” Barrera mentioned. “That’s a bond we’re going to have eternally.”
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