John B. Mullins IV
Chance Gave Me a Chance In 2008, large benign tumors were found growing in my abdomen, constricting my organs. I endured 13 months of chemotherapy to shrink the tumors. Then, from 2011-2014, I experienced eight bowel obstructions. Finally in May 2014, my doctor suggested I may be a good candidate for an intestinal transplant.
A smile is priceless “Una sonrisa no cuesta nada” My youngest brother, Oniel “Oni” Peña was amazing. He was a believer in the St. Michael prayer, loved tattoos and eating arroz con guandules and pollo frito. He was also passionate about baseball and rooted for the Marlins and Red Sox.
Team Zoe – Dash for Donation Our daughter Zoe was born May 6, 2013. She was warmly welcomed into our family and her big brother Parker was so excited! She was a sweet and healthy baby, an all-around girly girl. Most of the time she wore flowers in her hair and dresses. Very sadly, Zoe passed when she was just six-weeks old due to SIDS.
Carletta’s Crusaders – Dash for Donation At age 25, mom was diagnosed with kidney failure. For six years she went to dialysis three times a week for four hours at a time. She did this while raising myself and my two sisters. Life was tough, but she was tougher.
River’s Runners – Dash for Donation River's passion for music was so deep, he was considering becoming an elementary school music teacher. Unfortunately, his dreams were not meant to be. River passed away December 18, 2016 as a result of a car accident. He was just 20-years old.
Beyond Thankful for This Gift My journey to a liver transplant began in the 80s when I learned I had contracted Hepatitis C. For the next 20-plus years, I was exhausted and my stomach was bloated, but I attributed not feeling well to being overworked and raising a family.