Duquette's Father's Day gift: A healthy daughter
Former general manager gives kidney to ailing 10-year-old
The pivotal premise upon which all baseball trades are founded is as follows: If you want to get something back, you must give something up.For eight long years, Jim Duquette's young daughter, Lindsey, has battled a serious kidney disorder with no known cure. And for eight long years, the Duquette family has wondered what it will take to ensure this brave girl will have a chance to live a long and healthy life. As it turns out, the answer was inside Jim all along. Lindsey, you see, needed a kidney transplant, and tests revealed Jim to be a match. And so it was that on June 4, the 46-year-old former Mets general manager and his 10-year-old daughter were wheeled into separate operating rooms at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. Doctors removed one of the father's kidneys and placed it in the body of his long-suffering daughter -- a generous gift that Duquette hopes will reap a rewarding return.
Duquette to host NephCure event
- Jim Duquette's experience with his ailing daughter, Lindsey, inspired him to become a board member for NephCure, a non-profit foundation committed to supporting FSGS and nephrotic syndrome research.
- On June 24, Duquette will host "Countdown to a Cure," a NephCure fundraising event in Baltimore. Special guests will include former Orioles players Jim Palmer, Rick Dempsey, Dave Johnson, Ron Hansen and Chris Hoiles.
- Those interested in attending or donating to the cause are encouraged to visit www.countdowntoacure.org or call (571) 355-9808.
For several years, doctors tried to stave off what turned out to be the inevitable with protein and steroid infusions and chemotherapy. At one point, Lindsey was taking 24 medications a day. Nothing worked. Finally, in May of last year, with Lindsey entering end-state renal failure, both of her kidneys were removed. "The thing that the doctors always told you is you keep the native kidneys as long as you could," Duquette said. "They've seen progress in those who can keep it under control by 9, 10, 11 years old. That was always the goal, but that just never happened."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.