It’s important to have a reliable group of friends in your life, but not all friends are created equal. Some go above and beyond the normal expectations of friendship and in the process become more like family. That’s exactly the case for a California (Orange County) couple named Chris and Ron Morales. Ron needed a kidney transplant this week, and best friend Brad Thompson stepped up. Seven years ago, Chris was in the same situation, and who stepped up for her? Her best friend Debbie, who is also Brad’s wife. After a short recovery stint at Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills, Brad was released from the hospital Sunday morning. Ron is still hospitalized, but he is expected to make a full recovery and be released soon.