My son died in a car accident just before his 19th birthday. His heart is in
Tokyo. I am happy when I hear stories like this one. I hope some day I will
meet the recipient of my son's heart.
Wonderful story, thank you for sharing. Okay Ken Gardner, now I like to see you
in BYU shirt.
This is a very good article, except the part about you being quiet and all.
After talking with you in the parking lot at Gardner Village last Tuesday, the
new heart must have given you a whole different persona. It seems to me that
you are very assertive, maybe it was my hat, my age, or perhaps you thought we
shared a bond from the U. For whatever reason, I enjoyed the conversation. You
do seem like a very kind hearted individual that will be a good spokesperson for
a good cause. I am already an organ donor and a many gallon blood donor. I
encourage others to do the same.
Good story, bad headline. If Gardner is an "Ex-Ute", then the BYU
football player is an "Ex-Cougar." Here is a better headline, "Utah
basketball legend receives heart from former BYU football player."
I love this story. Thanks to everyone involved, especially the donor and
recipient. I love the rivalry and those who keep it in perspective.
Great story, just goes to prove that even the best Utah has to offer still has
the heart of a Cougar.
A good reminder that in the end, it doesn't matter what color we bleed
(well, it IS red), just that we do indeed bleed and sometimes need each other.
I'll never forget an incident from a Utah-BYU football game in
Rice Stadium back in the 70's. I don't remember the exact year or the
score, but I vividly remember a BYU ball carrier getting knocked out-of-bounds
on the Ute sideline. He immediately suffered a seizure and convulsions. The Ute
trainers were there in an instant, pulling his tongue out of his throat so he
wouldn't choke. Of course, play stopped during this little drama and the
crowd was silent. When the player recovered, the roar from the crowd left such
an impression it still gives me chills, four decades later.Alex
Haley was right, we are all more alike than we are different. It's good to
remember that occasionally.
vegas ute, We've always been brothers. One little brother, one big
brother. Goooo Utes!
What a beautiful story. It took about everything I had to not break down into
tears when the young woman stated that she could feel her husbands heart beating
in the recipients chest. For me it was very humbling.Maybe us
Ute's and you Cougar's aren't so different after all. Go
figure!God is smiling.
@ Stringer Bell; What? To your line: Correct, but please don't complain to
the rest of us after you do it.Don't jump on a bandwagon late and
make an irrelevant comment. This is America. Respect it or feel free to go
What a great and beautiful story. There are much more important things in life
than rivalry and sports. This story transcends both.With this
story, we hold hands as brothers, not rivals.
Tremendous story....tremendous blessing for this man in his hour of need. I can
appreciate his appreciation as I am waiting for a kidney transplant myself. I
have been in dialysis for over two and one-half years waiting for my opportunity
to move forward with my life.Those of us who are in this situation
can appreciate what an amazing gift this man has received at this time to allow
him to continue on with life and his family.We all can take pause
and soften our hearts and approach our blessings in light of the struggle our
brother's and sister's who suffer from medically debilitaating
illnesses in life.Let's make sure we all have the heart to
reach out to those in need.
A beautiful story. Also, very classy comments. Maybe there really is room for
both of our Ute and Cougar fan bases to coexist in our state.
Re: I'm a believer "This is America; people can do what they
please."Correct, but please don't complain to the rest of
us after you do it.
@ Sagacious. This is America; people can do what they please. The people who are
sick are the ones that are obsessive compulsive.
This is a heartwarming story.
@ ImABeliever:A quick fix to your sickness problem is to just quit
reading the comment sections after Ute and BYU college sports stories. I and many others have cut down dramatically in our getting involved with
those comment sections which do almost nothing but spew rival animosity. This
story created a refreshing difference.
Nice article, wonderful story. It is so nice to read an article about BYU and
Utah and not have all the negative comments afterward. Let's have this
article be the beginning of a new trend where we don't spew hate and
vitriol in the guise of loyalty to our school.
Personally, I am really sick of hearing about Utah vs. BYU. It is nauseating.
People are obsessive compulsive over a stupid collegiate so called sport.
It is absolutely ridiculous. Can't they just have said one person helped
Thank you for sharing this touching story.This is a beautiful
Heaven's Pure Love of Christ story.Thank you so very much!Sincerely,Debbie Adams (Mother of five daughters and Grandmother of
three precious grand babies) (Safford,AZ Stake)
@SLCWatch-- you are exactly right. It is the fans that seem to form boundaries
of hatred and malice towards each other. The programs and most of the players
seem to be able to keep it in perspective. Most of them.This is a
great story. I'm sure it all happened for a reason. God bless all parties
Wow - Just - Wow!
What an amazing story. I don't imagine there was a dry eye at that first
meeting. I was surprised at how this story touched my heart as I read it. THIS
is what rivalries are about...yes, kidding and ribbing each other, but
recognizing the good and human side of us all and remembering that when on the
field or court of competition. Great story Mike!
"Rivals" does not mean enemies. It's competition not
combat.It's giving your best, even your heart.It's humbly
accepting a hand or a heart when you need it.I am edified by this
story.Coincidence is just a long word for God's matchless love.
Life transcends sports.
Awesome story. Puts life in perspective. Also, it was greeat seeing Coach
Lavell Edwards and Coach Ron Mcbride with each other like old times.One question: "Why can't Kyle and Bronco get along?"
Thank you for the article. I was shocked when I read that Ken Gardner was the
recipient of the heart. I played Little League Baseball with Ken in the
1960's and followed his career. Such tender mercies. Jay Baggs, Dallas
Too frequently, we let our commitments as sports fans push things that really
matter out of the way. We need to have more of this type of story, and more
often.I have regard for both universities' sports programs, but from
a fan base, at least, they are mere and temporary entertainment. On the other
hand, both universities excel in many academic and scholarly research levels
that have a level of permanence and impact effecting people’s lives. We
ought to encourage and celebrate those, respect the athletes from both
institutions for their success, and honor what alumni from both achieve in their
personal and professional lives.That being said, it's wonderful that
such a miracle could happen to the parties involved in this story, aside from
the coincidental university connections.
As a U Alum that cheers for the Y, I can be happy on both sides of this story.
WHAT!?!? They let his heart go to a UTE?!?!I'm kidding of
course... Wonderful story! In our Heavenly Father's eyes, we are all
wearing the same jersey!
Amazing story. Thanks for writing it Mike.