In 2007, Neal Kothe was listed for a kidney transplant. He spent 105 days in the hospital that year, battling the effects of kidney disease, which took a toll on him and his family.
When Neal’s best friend, Ryan McHenry, learned that he was in need, he stepped up to be a living donor, a heroic act he says he never thought twice about. Now, more than two years after his transplant, Neal is healthy and living life to the fullest! Ryan’s gift not only changed Neal’s life, but also impacted future generations.
Neal and his wife, Michelle, welcomed twins into the world in July 2009 and Neal was able to celebrate his first Father’s Day in June, a moment he wouldn’t have thought possible while he was waiting for a kidney transplant.
“Father’s Day was great,” said Neal, “I slept in, Michelle made me a stepping stone with the kids’ handprints, we spent the afternoon at the zoo and had my favorite, Skyline Chili, for dinner!” Thanks to the “Gift of Life” Neal had his first of many Father’s Days with Gwendolyn and Grady Ryan (named after Neal’s donor).
Neal and Ryan, who are closer than ever, are teaming up for the Dash for Donation this year with friends and family on Team McKoth (a combination of their last names). This is the third time they have participated in the Dash and the annual event serves as a celebration of life for both!
Join Team McKoth and thousands of other central Ohioans celebrating the Gift of Life by participating in the 2010 Dash for Donation on July 10. Participate in a 5k, 1/2 Marathon, 1k Family Fun Run or Kids and Mascots Dash! For more information, click here.