Texans With Character: Kurk Gayle

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A few weeks ago, my boss asked if I would take on the Texans With Character series. It didn’t take long for me to say yes. I’m thrilled to get a chance to stretch myself a bit outside of forecasting crazy North Texas weather. Primarily, I’m excited to be able to bring these uplifting stories to you, just as Teresa Frosini had been doing for several years.

Many of the stories we share will make you wonder if you could overcome unbelievable obstacles life throws you and still make a positive difference. This week is no exception. I had a chance to sit down with Kurk Gayle. He is currently the Director of the Intensive English Program at TCU, but it’s what happened in his family that brought us to him.

His daughter, Hallie, only a toddler at the time, was diagnosed with a rare but aggressive liver cancer. After weeks of wrangling over how to treat her, and weeks of great anxiety over his baby girl having cancer, doctors finally arrived at a revolutionary option. A living donor could save Hallie’s life. And when Dr. Gayle discovered he could be that donor, he didn’t hesitate.

After giving 30 percent of his liver to her, Hallie’s life was saved. A part of her own father has kept Hallie alive for 16 years now.

I think most of us dads would do the same thing Dr. Gayle did, but it doesn’t take away the fear of the “what ifs.” I’m glad I had the chance to hear this story, meet Dr. Gayle and share his and Hallie’s amazing story.

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