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.