In September of 2016, Ray Barnes was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with kidney failure, which was disastrous.  With only one kidney (the other was removed back in 2000 due to cancer),  he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood. Currently, he must go through dialysis for his one kidney three times a week, as well as chemotherapy once a week, as he gets treatment to put the myeloma into remission and prepare for stem cell transfusion and a possible kidney transplant. His wife suffers from multiple sclerosis, and cannot move without the aid of a walker, so therefore is unable to care for Ray. He’s a well-known coach for the Thunderbirds and Compuware Softball in Canton, with a step-daughter and son both at Canton High School.