Coach McCain receives kidney, donor is a Cotter teacher

The Baxter Bulletin | CAITLIN SCHWERS
Brent Williams, left, and Marcus McCain share a laugh as they talk about their upcoming operations on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Doctors took a kidney from Williams and gave the organ to McCain. McCain, a Mountain Home School District employee, has been coping with IgA nephropathy since March 2014.(Photo: Josh Dooley/The Baxter Bulletin)

On Tuesday, 44-year-old Marcus McCain went through a life-altering procedure.

Coach McCain, as he's known in the Mountain Home community, received a kidney from a living donor. The donor, a Twin Lakes Area resident, is actually a close friend of McCain's. Brent Williams learned last month he was compatible for the organ transplant. McCain and Williams are currently at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, recovering from the surgery.

"It's just exciting," McCain said Thursday before the surgery. "It's exciting to know that somebody is obedient to God when he lays something on their heart and just not even think about it."

McCain is a physical education teacher at Nelson-Wilks-Herron Elementary, the 7th grade football coach and a coach for the high school swim team. Williams is a first-year teacher at Cotter schools. The two met through First Assembly of God in Mountain Home and have known each other for at least 12 years. Lately, McCain hasn’t been very active because he's been coping with IgA nephropathy, a kidney disease he was diagnosed with March 2014. Continue reading

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