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Texas Tech alum honored for donating life saving organs

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A special moment before the the Red Raiders kicked off Saturday, a Texas Tech alum honored for his life saving blood stem cell and kidney donations. 

Jeramy Davies donation helped save a complete stranger in a time of need.

"It's like donating blood when you do it, it's quick and easy," said Davies.

Do not let him blow of the magnitude of what he did. To the woman he helped, he is a hero.

"I think that it's divine intervention when someone is chosen because it's matching DNA with an unrelated donor and here he went a step further," said Anita Gonzales, with Be The Match. "She doesn't just need the bone marrow transplant, she needs a kidney now and he said I'll do it."

Since his last donation he has gotten to know and become friends with Kelly Riviero, the stranger he helped save.

"They're like brother and sister," said Louisa Demmitt, Davies girl friend. "They bicker the way brothers and sisters do. They play video games, they watch movies and know all of this random movie trivia but he talks about her the way you would talk about a loved one that you'd want the best for them and anything you can do to help them you will do."

For Davies his donations are just a way to honor his late wife who passed from cancer a few years ago.

"It's something I took from my wife and that she asked me to do when she passed was to always help and strive to help others and always fight for other people and this is one way to do it," he said. 

As far as losing a kidney? "It's just, you've got two of them. It's not hard to get rid of one," he said.

For his selfless acts Texas Tech honored him.

"It was humbling a little overwhelming at the same time just to be out there standing in front of everybody," he said.

He hopes through his recognition more people will sign up to Be The Match and do exactly what he is doing, saving lives.

"The easiest way is just to go to bethematch.org and you just click on the link and say you want to be a donor and they send you a cotton swab and just send it back."

He is scheduled to donate his kidney to Kayla December 18th.

If you would like to sign up for Be The Match, you can text TTU to 888111. It will only take a few minutes and you will receive a kit that you will need to send back in order to complete your application.

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