NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — After battling kidney disease for the past five years, the former voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox is set to receive a new kidney.
Back in March, Steve Hyder learned his cousin and goddaughter Liz McMorrow was a perfect donor match and on July 15, the pair is tentatively scheduled to undergo a transplant procedure.
The Newport resident has been on the transplant list for two years and during that time has lived on a rigorous dialysis schedule. Once he receives a new organ, he’ll no longer have to receive those treatments.
Hyder’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical expenses and a fundraising event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on June 11 at O’Brien’s Pub on Thames Street.
Hyder was the first Rhode Islander to become an announcer for the PawSox. He held the position from 2004-2012, previously telling Eyewitness News it was his “dream job.”