Bill “Cody” Rose, a retired truck driver and motorcycle fanatic, began feeling under the weather one Christmas. After further examination with his Doctor it was found that Bill’s blood sugar levels were exceptionally high. He was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, but was also informed there was a more serious illness present; he also had Hepatitis C. Bill began treatment for his Hepatitis, but ultimately would need a transplant. During his wait, Bill received two calls of having a donor, both of which fell through. Bill finally got a third phone call that ultimately changed his life forever. In March 2016, Bill underwent a successful liver transplant. Three years later, Bill is feeling better than ever. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with his daughter and grandson. He is thankful for his donor and the second chance of life he has been given and encourages everyone to be an organ donor. Bill’s philosophy is live life to the fullest and enjoy each day you have. Thankfully because of his donor, Bill is able to do just that.
Dennis worked in the coal mines of Eastern Kentucky for 22 years to provide for his family. After many years of dedication to his work, Dennis began to notice a change in his health. Upon visiting his doctor, he found out his exposure to the mine environment had damaged his lungs. Starting with pressure in his chest and low oxygen levels, Dennis then found himself in the ICU at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. After a 6 month stay in the ICU and three major procedures, Dennis was informed he would need a lung transplant. He spent about 17 days on the transplant list before receiving a transplant from his hero, the organ donor that saved his life. Dennis received his gift of life on January 21, 2019. Dennis credits his doctors and trusting in Lord for his success so far. He also is grateful for his wife of 31 years, Hazel, and her devotion to taking care of him. In his free time, Dennis enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time on the softball field as he formerly coached his daughter, Rachel. Dennis’s children are all registered organ donors, and he encourages everyone to do the same.