David was diagnosed a couple of days later with liver cancer which soon spread to other organs throughout his body. On his 43rd birthday, he had a liver, stomach, pancreas and small intestine transplant during a 15-hour surgery. Though he was in and out of the hospital before dying in February 2008, the transplanted organs he received from a man in another state gave him about a year more with his three young children.
You never think it can happen to you or someone you love, but it did my brother. I was not signed up to be an organ donor until his diagnosis. I am now!
-Amy C., Mattoon