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Friday, May 6, 2016

Tireless advocate for organ donation finally gets 'the call'

James Myers of Gary poses with U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly in Washington D.C. on March 16 on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation while advocating for the Living Donor Protection Act. (Handout - James Myers)
CHICAGO TRIBUNE | Jerry Davich

James Myers looked weary but cheerful when he returned home from an Indianapolis hospital with his little bundle of joy.

It weighed a quarter of a pound, and was the size of a fist. It's name is "Woody."

"It's a family name," said Myers, 61, of Gary.

After nearly four years of waiting and wondering, Myers finally got the call he had been praying for, hoping for, advocating for. It came on April 26.

At 11 a.m. that day, Myers posted on his Facebook page: "I just got THE call. IU says they have a kidney for me!"

This post was dramatically different from hundreds of previous posts over the past few years, many which read like this one from April 18 of this year: "My name is Jim Myers, from Crown Point, IN, and I am an ESRD patient currently on dialysis, awaiting a transplant. I am on the list. If you are interested in becoming a donor…" Continue reading
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