Young man living with purpose years after receiving Gift of Hope

FOX 13 Now | Hope Woodside

LAKE CITY -- In Thursday’s edition of Gift of Hope, we meet a young man who received a life saving liver donation when he was a baby.

FOX 13 News’ Hope Woodside has a look at how an organ donation made it possible for Ashton Arndt to fulfill his dreams.

When Ashton Arndt was born, he was jaundiced, and that condition was a precursor to a serious diagnosis.

At 2 months old, doctors determined Ashton had liver disease. But, thankfully, his mother Jolayna was a match.

“I saw being a match as amazing,” Jolayna Arndt said. “I was grateful for the opportunity to do something rather than watch a sick child deteriorate and possibly die."

Not only did Ashton thrive after the transplant, today he is an athlete. He runs 50 miles a week, snowboards, water skis, and runs high school cross-country and track. And, he's also a top competitor in the transplant games. Continue reading