Everson Walls and Ron Springs

Everson Walls and Ron Springs

Published February 11, 2008

In February, Walls donated his kidney to former Dallas Cowboys teammate Ron Springs, who had suffered from diabetes for 16 years and had been on the national transplant waiting list since 2004.

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It was the first transplant between two former U.S. professional athletes. 

Now they want to help save more lives.

Walls and Springs have established the Gift for Life Foundation (www.GiftForLifeFoundation.org) to build awareness and educate people of color about the donor process; to build awareness of illnesses that cause chronic kidney disease; and to provide blood pressure and diabetes testing, given that of the 21 million people in the United States with type 2 diabetes, more than 6 million are unaware they have the disease.

Written by BET-Staff

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