Now that's HAWT!
Tom Brady is busy preparing for one of the biggest games of his life, but he's also trying desperately to save a life.
His former football coach and mentor, Tom Martinez, suffered kidney failure and has been searching for a suitable replacement for two years. With no luck finding a match, doctors told him he's only got a few months to live, but he's not backing down and told sources:
"I've been told I'm out of here, and I don't accept that. I'm going to fight to the end."
And Brady is fighting with him. The New England Patriot has been placing banners on a nonprofit organization's website, MatchingDonor.com, in hopes of discovering a donor before it's too late.
While the creators of the site don't advocate one person on the waiting list getting preferred treatment over another, they are happy that Brady's ads are encouraging people to get involved. "Every time he puts one out, we get about 300 people come in to see if they're a match," the CEO said.
So far, no luck for Martinez, but two other people in need have found matching donors thanks to Brady raising awareness. For the retired 66-year-old coach who taught 13-year-old Brady how to throw a football, it's the thought that counts, saying:
"Tom is, you know, not giving up on his coach. I can't express it into words my gratitude. That was the greatest thing he could have done for me because it brought forth people now that possibly we have a chance to get a match on."
Want to see if U are a match for Tom Martinez or somebody else whose life is literally depending on it? Click here and register on Matching Donors!