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    Asset Protection Manager
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    Spring Hill, Tenn.

Jonathan Lyons (above, right) and Derrick Crutcher (left) became friends while working at the Wal-Mart in Franklin, Tenn. They bonded over online video games, and over the years Lyons also learned more and more about Crutcher’s polycystic kidney disease. In January 2013, after seeing Crutcher get his hopes up about a scheduled transplant, only for the match to fall through, “it really hit me,” Lyons says: He would be his friend’s donor—that is, assuming their blood and tissue types were compatible. They were a complete match, as it turns out. Though Crutcher repeatedly insisted Lyons could back out of his decision, Lyons had made up his mind: “I’ve already been poked and prodded way too much,” he told his pal. The successful surgery took place last fall.