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My Gift of Life

Most people know their heroes and I have several people who have truly been heroes in my life.

First and foremost God, my parents, my wife, my two sons, and the medical staff who have been such a vital part of my life. But there is one person who I don’t even know who is definitely one of my heroes- a stranger who I know only as Thomas.

While we never actually met, we are forever connected because in February of 2001 I received his kidney and pancreas.

After having suffered with diabetes for almost 20 years and being in kidney failure which required dialysis for two years – this transplant was truly my gift of life.

Since my transplant, I have been able to return to the activities I love- playing sports, traveling, spending quality time with my family, and even eating.

I think of my donor family constantly because the gift that I received from them is precious!

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