It was November 2011 a liver biopsy revealed I had cirrhosis of the liver. By February of 2012, just three month later I was unable to function, and had to crawl to the bathroom. Unable to eat or drink I was diminishing quickly and by March I was critically ill. Admitted to the hospital, I was immediately put on feeding tubes and dialysis. Though I was suffering from liver failure my kidneys also suffered damage. As I lie in bed listening to Life Flight helicopters coming in each day and wondering if one might be bringing a liver for me, I was told one would not come that way, and my hope seemed to diminish.
With but hours left and clinging to life, a doctor entered my room and said a liver was on its way. A father from Idaho had lost his life, and one’s tragedy then became my blessing. I have been overwhelmed by the goodness and love he and his family shared that day they made the decision to donate life. I have now enjoyed new life beyond my imagination, experiencing good health once again, the birth of grandchildren, wonderful service opportunities, more years of joy with my children and my precious wife. A whole new world has become mine to enjoy because my donor’s willingness to give the most precious gift of all, the gift of life to, a total stranger. For this I will be forever grateful and with this gift I am committed to pay forward, and to always remember this great father and his precious family who have made new life possible for me.