SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) — Hundreds of Utahns came to celebrate organ donations and a second chance at life at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City for the 2018 Donate Life Transplant Games of America.
Brandon Robbins is the lead singer of a rock band called The Moth & The Flame. He’s also a kidney donor to his long-time friend, music mentor and Velour music club owner, Corey Fox.
“When I found out that Corey needed a kidney it was a shock because I had no idea that he was even dealing with kidney failure and we’ve been close friends for quite some time,” said Robbins.
Robbins says giving back has changed his life for the better.
“Beforehand I was a little more of a mentor, someone who was nurturing along their band and since we’re definitely like brothers for sure,” said Robbins.
“I’ve been dealing with a kidney disease since I was 16 years old and my closest friends didn’t even know about it until recently,” said Fox.
Robbins says donating his kidney has added purpose and meaning to his life.
“Corey and I are so connected now,” said Robbins. “It’s just – it’s really revitalizing to go through something like that.”
Former BYU Running Backs Coach and former football player Reno Mahe, his wife Sunny and his family can agree.
Reno and Sunny’s daughter, Elsie passed away in 2016.
They decided to give her heart, liver, kidneys, and corneas away to five other children.
“It was such a healing option for us to be able to have that option of knowing that our pain would turn into someone else’s joy,” said Sunny.
Sunny says it’s what Elsie would have wanted.
“We’re going to see her again and that she didn’t need those mortal body parts anymore and so it’s something that can be used to help others to finish their missions here,” said Sunny.
The Mahe’s have not met the recipients yet, but they say someday they’d like to.
Robbins says he is grateful to sing for those who understand the fulfilling aspects of receiving and giving organs.
“It’s really special,” said Robbins. “The people here all have similar stories like Corey and I. Knowing what that means to us, it really is something to play for thousands of people who’ve experienced something similar.”
To learn more about the 2018 Donate Life Transplant Games of America, click here.