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Provo man finally gets a kidney transplant from a rock star he knows

Corey Fox and Taft Robbins pose for a photo.
Corey Fox and Taft Robbins pose for a photo.
Screenshot, Corey Fox Facebook

Corey Fox received an organ transplant seven months ago that saved his life, and it came from a rock band singer who saw him as a mentor.

Fox, who owns the Velour Live Music Gallery in Provo, suffered from chronic kidney disease since he was 16 years old, according to Today.com.

When Fox posted on Facebook about his worsening condition, Brandon Robbins, lead singer of indie rock band The Moth & The Flame, sprang into action and volunteered to donate one of his kidneys.

"I just feel like he risked his health and his entire momentum of his music career,” Fox told Today.com. “I just think that’s a crazy risk for him to be willing to make for the owner of the venue where he started playing.”

Dr. Titte Srinivas, medical director of the kidney transplant program at Intermountain Medical Center, told Today.com that patients in Utah might wait close to four to five years for an organ donor.

But two years of waiting, Fox learned that his life was in jeopardy.

Thankfully, Robbins came to his rescue.

“We’re family, we’re blood brothers,” Robbins told People last month. “It just felt right to get tested and to do this for him, because he’s done so much for all of us.”

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Fox's venue has been home to many Provo startup bands, such as Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees, making him something of a local icon.

So much so that Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees returned to Provo last April for a benefit concert, hoping to raise funds that would help Fox with his surgery.

“Corey is a local legend,” Robbins told People. “I remember as a young musician, he complimented me and encouraged me to keep playing and that was high praise. That gesture had such an impact on me, that I did continue and he continued to support and help me along the way.

Fox even gave Robbins and his band a chance at stardom.

"He came to open mic night, and I was blown away by his stuff,” Fox said about Robbins, according to Today.com. “Any band that asks me, I will sit down and consult them, but I felt an early connection with Brandon and (keyboardist) Mark (Garbett).”