Kelley Boyd is donating a kidney to GPS softball coach Susan Crownover in the upcoming weeks. The two became close since Boyd’s daughter played softball for Crownover and now dates her son, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.
For more than 20 years Crownover has privately dealt with a disease called IgA nephropathy, a disorder that can cause the kidneys to leak blood and sometimes protein into the urine. As the disease gradually undermined her health, leaving her with less energy, she began to be tested once a month to determine at what level her kidneys were still functioning. In April, tests revealed that her kidneys were functioning at only 8 percent of capacity and she was scheduled to begin dialysis treatment immediately.
Crownover is one of Tennessee’s most prominent high school coaches, with eight softball state championships in a 23-year career and two as the Bruisers’ basketball coach before retiring from that sport.