On October 31, DeMarre Carroll and the Carroll Family Foundation capped off Liver Awareness Month by hosting 6-year-old pediatric liver transplant survivor Sammy Kass at the Barclays Center for Sammy’s first NBA game. Family members accompanying Sammy included his mother and organ donor, Dara Kass, who gave a segment of her liver to her son four years ago — a rare occurrence with only about 4 percent of liver transplants nationwide involving living donors.
Despite an ankle injury that had Carroll sidelined, he still attended the game and spent quality time meeting Sammy and family before tip-off. Appropriately dressed in a superhero Halloween costume, Sammy and his sister also got to cheer on Nets players in the High Five line as the team ran onto the court. In addition, Sammy received a Nets swag bag and a special welcome message on the big screen, prompting him to shout proudly, “That’s me!” The Nets went on to defeat the Detroit Pistons 120-119 in overtime.
Drafted in 2009 right after learning he was diagnosed with liver disease, Carroll is passionate about supporting adolescents suffering from pediatric liver disease and disorders. With October designated as Liver Awareness Month, Carroll and his foundation hosted the Kass family as part of their efforts to spread awareness about pediatric liver disease and help survivors lead fulfilling, sustainable lives.