Clearfield teacher, 2-time kidney transplant recipient grateful for every day


Image by: SARAH WELLIVER/Standard-Examiner.   Clearfield High School teacher and two-time kidney transplant recipient Rick Lilly smiles during an interview in his classroom Friday, April 8, 2016
CLEARFIELD — Rick Lilly sat at a student’s desk in his empty classroom at Clearfield High School, talking about a subject that is near and dear to his heart — and to his kidneys.

OK, technically, they’re other people’s kidneys.

April is National Donate Life Month, designed to raise awareness about organ donation. As a two-time kidney recipient — first, from his father, and then from a cousin — Lilly knows intimately the importance of those willing to donate organs. The depth of his gratitude on this subject is difficult to express, but he gives it a shot.

“I can sum it up this way,” the 37-year-old Lilly said. “Nineteen years. Three kids. One wife. Two college degrees. I would not have experienced any of that without the kind donations of my father and cousin.”

And Lilly said he’s determined to honor their gifts to his dying day.

“Every day I have on earth, I attribute to them,” he said of his donors. “And I live my life as such, as if I was living for them.” Continue reading
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