Wake Forest baseball coach donates a kidney to a freshman player


If not me, who? If not now, when? That’s one of the ethical guides laid down by Hillel, the great Jewish scholar of the first century B.C.E. His other guide is his expression of the “Golden Rule.”

Hillel’s guidelines are aspirations of ethical people in all cultures, but they are aspired to more than adhered to.

But when Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter learned that freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan would likely die without a kidney transplant, and that Jordan’s family didn’t qualify as a compatible match, Walter got tested and found out last week that he was a match: his kidney might work for Jordan.

Yesterday at the Emory Transplant Center in Atlanta, Walter had one of his kidneys removed and donated to Jordan.

Both are recuperating nicely. Walter will be running in two months, and the docs have told Jordan that he could start to swing a bat in six to eight weeks.

Everybody thinks it was a big deal, but Walter demurs.

“I would do anything to help any one of my players and any one of my family members. Anything that I could do in my power that I could do to give them a better quality of life, is something I want to do. Maybe it’s something as little as helping mentor them in their academic pursuits or help them choose a major, or something of a greater magnitude like this. But my number one priorities in life are my family and my team and I will do anything to help any one of those people.”

Nobody knows what they would do in Walters’s situation, but his gift is a light for us all—if one supremely ethical person can do this, then others can too.



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One Response to “Wake Forest baseball coach donates a kidney to a freshman player”

  1. Ethics Hero:Wake Forest Baseball Coach Tom Walter | Ethics Alarms Says:

    […] You can read about Walter’s gift at Baseball America here and on Ethics Bob here. […]

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