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Stephen May had three words that he lived by: Everybody Love Everybody.
He initially took it from the 2008 Will Ferrell movie Semi- Pro, but he fully adopted it into his life at Rockford High School, with the sports teams he played on and in the youth leagues where he served as a referee.
Kay Walters just celebrated her 70th birthday. Later this year, she’ll mark an even more significant milestone: her 24th year living with a donated heart.
“I can’t believe I’m this old,” she said with a laugh. “No one would ever believe that I was 70, that I would get to it.”
‘It’s been the thing that’s kept me going,’ daughter says
Marty Townsend never met a stranger.
The medical community continues to learn more about the 2019 SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, and that could bring renewed hope for the thousands of people waiting for a new life-saving organ.
Last year marked a new beginning for Keisha Dulin.
The 41-year-old Canton resident is continuing to heal after receiving a new heart in 2020 – after four years waiting for a new one.
“I am just so grateful every day,” she said. “I stay faithful.”
Robert “Bobby” Ramos was a hard worker with a creative side.
“He was always doing something creative,” his father, Robert, said of his son, who died at the age of 23 from a head injury after he fell from a ladder. “If he wasn’t playing his guitar, he was reading, he was writing, he was drawing.”
Last year, Acacia Walter-Rooks accomplished something she wasn’t sure she’d be able to do: graduate high school.
Now a freshman at Calvin University, Walter-Rooks had both of her kidneys removed when she was a child and navigated school and dialysis treatments until a kidney transplant saved her life in 2016.