Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 10/10/13
In a world filled with so much negative news, this one is quite refreshing. New Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Robert Kirby, 53, can only be heralded as a hero after donating one of his kidneys to his 57-year-old sister. The first-year coach made the donation official on Tuesday after undergoing a successful transplant. Kirby's mother died in 1996 from complications related to kidney failure, and with his sister facing a similar life-threatening ailment, Kirby stepped in and refused to let history repeat itself. From ESPN: “My mother wouldn’t allow us to donate,” said Kirby, an assistant coach over three decades on the staffs at Arkansas-Little Rock, Houston, Southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi State, Georgetown and LSU. “She said she lived her life. She didn’t want any of us to do that. This was my sister and it was never a question mark if I would, but it was ‘could I.”” Kirby and other siblings went through a series of tests to determine a match. Kirby was the one. He went through many testings to make sure he could pass each one. In July, while recruiting at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., for the Tigers, he was informed that he was a match for his sister. Kirby is expected to rejoin the Grizzlies within the next few weeks. Via Slam Online
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