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.
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Tionesta, Penn., July 19, 2016 – In late 2015, Gail Sullivan, of Pleasantville, began experiencing chills and symptoms of a stomach bug. She lost 10 to 15 pounds, and her daughter, Sara, insisted that she see a doctor.
After visits with three different doctors and a battery of tests, Sullivan, 63, was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver disease. Doctors say a liver transplant is critical to her survival.
Inman, S.C., July 12, 2016 – Although it wasn’t discovered until she was an adult, Shannon Zimmerman, of Inman, was born with a heart defect that eventually caused pulmonary hypertension, requiring a double-lung transplant in 2002.
For years, Zimmerman, 44, was able to enjoy a new lease on life with her new lungs, but now they’re failing once again as a result of scarring from mycoplasma pneumonia and a secondary infection. Doctors say a second double-lung transplant is critical.
Pinehurst, N.C., July 7, 2016– In 2008, Ellis Ray, of Foxfire Village, returned home to help his father care for his mother, who had suffered a stroke and congestive heart failure. Sadly, she passed away the following year, and in the midst of those challenges, Ray, 63, was diagnosed with kidney disease. Doctors said a kidney transplant was necessary.
Thankfully, he received a new kidney on July 1 and is recovering well.
Newburgh, Ind., June 14, 2016 – In 2012, Sarah Szczepanski, of Evansville, was diagnosed with glomerulonephritis, which came as somewhat of a surprise because the disease had previously only affected males in her family. Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary.