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The voice of Fresno State sports donates a kidney to a friend

Paul Loeffler, left, donated his kidney to R. Michael Alexander, who is recovering at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
Paul Loeffler, left, donated his kidney to R. Michael Alexander, who is recovering at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

Paul Loeffler, the voice of Fresno State sports, is a big believer in giving back. So much so that he donated a kidney to improve an ailing man’s life.

It was a selfless act, but one he felt needed to be done after his father received a deceased person’s kidney years ago. That organ helped keep his father alive for eight very important years.

“That gave him 8 more years of life, 8 years that in so many ways shaped the way I see the world and the way I try to live,” Loeffler wrote on his Facebook page.

On Sunday, Loeffler returned from UC San Francisco Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to share one of his kidneys with friend R. Michael Alexander of Fresno. The procedure went as planned.

Loeffler wrote: “Thanks to God’s perfect plan, the support of my family, friends, and my gracious employers, and the skilled and caring staff at UCSF, I was privileged to share one of my kidneys with R. Michael Alexander, a great man whose amazing family has persevered through numerous challenges and hiccups with unswerving faith.”

Alexander is well-known in the Fresno community. He retired in 2015 as former president and chief executive officer at the United Way of Fresno County.

He also had a long career with Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospital, serving in a variety of positions, including general management, operations, finance, marketing and administration.

Loeffler, best known as the radio voice for Fresno State sports, also is recognized as being the announcer for ESPN’s coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. And when not announcing, Loeffler serves as an Honor Flight organizer.

Robert Rodriguez: 559-441-6327, @FresnoBeeBob

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