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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

3 Men Connected Through the Gift of Life

KAAL TV | Meghan Riestad

ABC 6 News) - John McWilliams is a biology teacher and high school football coach in Houston, Texas. In 2014, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease and needed a new liver and his doctor urged him to go out and find a donor, "Eventually I would have qualified but it would have taken anywhere from a year and a half to two and a half years," said McWilliams.

So he brought up the idea of organ donation to his fellow coaching staff,"I got up and said, ‘Hey guys, if there's anyone in the room that would like to donate part of their liver to me I’d be more than happy to take it.’”

That's when Matthew Beeler, volunteered. "We teach and coach for a reason and it's because we have this innate desire to help people. How do you pass up the opportunity to do something great?" said Beeler in a previous interview with KTRK.

And as it turns out, McWilliams’ liver may not have worked for his body, but it would work for Randy Myers from Dilworth, Minnesota,"It just produced a bad protein in me, not saying it would produce a bad protein in him," said McWilliams. Continue reading

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