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Published: Friday, Sept. 19 2014 10:05 a.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

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.

Las Vegas, NV

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.

Provo, UT

@ 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 elsewhere.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

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.

Michael Romney
Salt Lake, UT

vegas ute, We've always been brothers. One little brother, one big brother.

Goooo Utes!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Great story, just goes to prove that even the best Utah has to offer still has the heart of a Cougar.

Salt Lake City, UT

I love this story. Thanks to everyone involved, especially the donor and recipient.

I love the rivalry and those who keep it in perspective.

Thank you,!

Georgie Baby
Denver, CO

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."

Stockton, UT

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.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Wonderful story, thank you for sharing. Okay Ken Gardner, now I like to see you in BYU shirt.

Nana Gohn
Grand Junction, CO

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.

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