Kevin Roach is a truly remarkable human.

Kevin Roach

Let me tell you a story about my friend, Kevin Roach. I met Kevin back in 2013 and we became instant friends. We shared a love of horror, theatre, and inappropriate humor. We also had a lot of friends in common which made us wonder how we'd never crossed paths before. Even early in our friendship, I knew Kevin was an incredible human being, even if he didn't know it yet.

If Kevin's name sounds familiar to those who listen to my show, it should, as he's the Artistic Director at the Evansville Civic Theatre and appears on my show frequently to promote their upcoming productions. He's a talented director but he's an even more exceptional human.

Gavin Eddings

On Monday, while everyone else was watching the eclipse, Kevin was in Indianapolis donating a kidney to his cousin-in-law. Not a lot of people knew about what was happening in the early days, just that he was going to the doctor a lot. His cousin-in-law has no functioning kidneys and Kevin took it upon himself to try to give this person the quality of life they deserved. It's one of the most selfless acts a person can do, and Kevin did it without hesitation. He didn't do it for the recognition or admiration that he'd receive, he did it because it was the right thing to do. And although he didn't do it for recognition (and he'll probably be a little perturbed that I wrote this), that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve it.

Gavin Eddings

Kevin works really hard for everyone in his life. He takes care of his parents and always puts other people first. Kevin has been there for me during some of the worst parts of my life and he always listens and provides valuable advice. Kevin is someone that I truly value having in my life and this blog barely does justice to the incredible individual that he is.

Right before he went under on Monday, he shared this moving post on Facebook:

Kevin means something different to everyone; but for me, I'm glad I get to call him my friend.