The Tribune Democrat, Jamestown, PA | Chip Minemyer
And in Pennsylvania, another man gets a new lease on life – thanks to the generosity of organ donation.
Richard Burkert, president of Johnstown Area Heritage Association, received a kidney transplant on Feb. 1 in Pittsburgh – his second such procedure.
At home this past week in Johnstown, Burkert has been counting his blessings and marveling at the unlikely scenario that is lifting him from kidney dialysis treatments to a new start.
“It’s really starting to hit me just how incredibly lucky I am in this,” Burkert said. “I’m so grateful. It’s just an amazing thing.”
For years, Burkert has suffered from polycystic kidney disease – an inherited chronic ailment.