Kidney Bean

Gene “Bean” Baxter made a surprising announcement last week. He will donate a kidney to longtime KROQ employee Scott Mason. The life-saving surgery will take place on November 13, the day before Bean’s birthday. The Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register and TMZ Live were among the outlets reporting the news.

Bean wrote on the KROQ website:

Scott has had medical issues for much of his adult life, including his kidneys failing, and that led him to have a transplant from a cadaver back in 1999. Well, now that one has failed too and Scott is back on dialysis for many hours a week. The kidney processes waste out of the blood and without one your body is being poisoned all the time. The dialysis helps but is a temporary solution. You only get off the machine if you get a new kidney or you die.

You may know I live in Seattle and do the Kevin & Bean show from my house. Scott visits once a year to do maintenance and upgrades on my studio equipment and it was during his most recent visit last spring that I noticed how unwell he looked.

He explained his situation and that he was about six years out on the waiting list for a new kidney. That was inconceivable to me, to imagine that all over America there are people like Scott, who are very sick and might die, waiting for organs at the same time that literally of thousands of them are being buried every year.

If nothing else, I hope everyone reading this will double check that their wishes are known and that they will make their liver, lungs, eyes and whatever else can be harvested after their death to help another human. (Here is one resource for more information on that.)

Bean’s wife Donna posted the following message on Facebook:

After more than 6 months of jumping through bureaucratic hoops, my sweet hubby was finally confirmed to be dear Scott Mason’s living kidney donor. I couldn’t be more delighted and look forward to seeing Scott healthy again. I’m so proud of both Bean and Scott for hanging in during this long vetting process and know they will come through the procedure like champs.We will have so much to be thankful for this year. Mazel tov and thank you cedars!!! xo

To which Scott Mason replied:

Donna, it’s nearly impossible find the right words to thank you and Bean. You are saving my life. You’re part of my family, part of my life. I love you so much.

Bean’s compassionate act is worthy of praise and it should inspire others to sign up to be organ donors upon their death. Here’s another example of Bean’s kindness toward a former co-worker, with whom he has an annual baseball bet.

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