SEGUIN - Victor Montanez came to Seguin on Saturday to take a walk with his wife and kids.
And that's a good thing, considering that this past April, doctors told him he had 30 days to live if they couldn't find him a new liver.
On April 29, a donor organ was found for Montanez after he'd waited for four years.
Montanez, of Kyle, his wife Sandi and other family members joined Seguin's Cliff and Marcy Letbetter and more than 100 others in this city's second annual Friends of Life-Seguin "Walk For Life" at Texas Lutheran University to raise awareness of the need for donated organs and show people how easy it is to become a donor. The Letbetters know firsthand the importance of organ donation and what it meant for Montanez to find a donor organ because without the heart Cliff Letbetter received more than five years ago, he wouldn't be alive.
"I'd never thought of organ donation," said Letbetter, 55, who lives south of town. "Then, I got sick, and was put on the transplant list."
Like Montanez, the Letbetters had a very close call. He got within days of dying before a man named Dan "Snake" Rincon lost his life to an aneurism and his wife, Vivian, donated his organs - including the heart that saved Cliff Letbetter's life.