Musicians Hank, Kate share kidney transplant story


by Rachel Platt

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 5:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The singing duo Hank and Kate performed on Great Day Live Monday morning.

They've been singing together for years, Katie Everette by day is a first grade teacher at Chancey Elementary.

Hank Sinatra is the stage name used by Roger Knight. He taught math and chemistry at DeSales High School, but can no longer teach. His eyesight is failing and so are his kidneys because of diabetes, his kidneys now working at only 10 percent.

Katie watched his decline and quietly started asking questions and getting tested to see if she could be a match, and she was.

She called Roger not too long ago to tell him she was willing to donate a kidney.

R.U.O.K?'s Facebook page here

Katie is married and the mother of two small children, but says the decision she made was an easy one.

Katie says Roger brought music back into her life about 13 years ago when he asked her to join him on stage.  She got the gift of music, she'll return the favor with the gift of life, their surgery will be later this year.

On August 11th,  their larger singing group, R.U.O.K?, will take the stage at Jim Porter's, along with other musicians, to raise money for Roger's transplant.

One of those who will be helping in the benefit is Justin Lewis. Lewis is a local songwriter who got his musical start under Roger Knight at Desales High School in the pep band.

Several bands and musicians will take part in the fundraiser on August 11th at Jim Porter's.