Jonathan Byrd’s mother, Jo, is battling kidney disease and on Monday night, Jonathan took to social media in hopes of finding an organ donor for her.
Byrd said in a video posted in his twitter that her mother’s best possible option is to find a living donor with O positive or O negative blood type. He also stated that up to this point, her mother had 12 friends and family come forward to donate their kidneys but unfortunately no one has been approved a match yet. If she finds a matching donor, it would greatly improve her quality of life.
The 41-year-old requested anyone viewing the video to consider becoming an organ donor for his mother or anyone else in need. If one is interested in helping, they should contact the hospitals and ask for the donation coordinator to the numbers that he shared belonging to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and Augusta University Hospital.
Byrd was fourth at this year’s Corales Puntacana Championship in late March, his best result of the season. He is five-time PGA Tour winner.
Jonathan, who played at Clemson, turned pro in 2000. He has dealt with tragedy during his life, losing his father, Jim, to brain cancer in 2009. Byrd’s former caddie, Chuck “Brooksie” Hoersch, died in July 2012 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
His brother, Jordan Byrd, is an assistant golf coach at Clemson. Jordan is also an accomplished golfer, having reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur.
According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, more that 113,000 people are on waiting lists seeking organ transplants, citing figures since January. More than 80 percent are waiting for kidney transplants.