Score one for my home state boys! Justin Ruddy, the assistant men’s basketball coach of Simpson College in Pella, is in need of a kidney transplant, and Iowa’s collegiate sports community is responding in spades. This past weekend his friends hosted a charity basketball game in Ruddy’s home town of Fort Dodge, with the ticket proceeds helping to pay Justin’s medical bills for dialysis and the transplant. The players and coaches were past basketball stars from that one Big Ten university that shall remain unnamed, as well as KU, Northern Iowa, and (of course!) Iowa State.
But even better than the money was Justin’s own spin on the event: He organized a booth out front at the game to sign up organ donors. Not living ones for him. Just normal every-day organ donors to help other people when and if the time comes. This quote came from the story in Saturday’s Des Moines Register:
“I’m trying to add at least 50 names to the donor list,” says Ruddy, 28…. “So if there are people who are walking up to my event who are not (on the list), I want 50 of them to walk out as organ donors.”