October 2016

While battling leukemia in 2001, Max Dwares began writing a book, but he eventually became too ill to finish it. After he passed away, his father, Kevin, wanted to complete the book, but it was too painful. One day, Kevin's granddaughter was visiting and saw her grandfather looking through some papers and folders. She asked what he was doing, and Kevin told her he was trying to write this book.

E. Brady, Pa., Oct. 11, 2016– In 2003, John McHaddon, of Karns City, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and doctors said a heart transplant was critical. To serve as a bridge to transplant, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was implanted to act as a mechanical heart.

McHaddon, 61, received his lifesaving transplant on July 29.

Versailles, Ind., Oct. 6, 2016– In 2010, Tim Tallman, of Holton, was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, which runs in his family.

He has also experienced vision loss and battles diabetes, neuropathy, sleep apnea, asthma and a mild case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Doctors say a kidney transplant is critical. While awaiting his transplant, Tallman, 54, endures regular dialysis treatments, which take a toll on his quality of life.