Winter Park Chamber CEO donates kidney

Photo by Tim Freed.  Former U.S. Marine David Andrews, left, stands with Winter Park Chamber CEO Patrick Chapin four months after successful surgery.

Pieces of a puzzle can fall into place in the strangest yet most wonderful ways – just ask Winter Park Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Patrick Chapin.

The head of the Winter Park Chamber said he sees humanity like a thousand-piece puzzle, all thrown into the air at once before tumbling to the ground. On Jan. 27 Chapin found himself fitting into a role greater than himself, laid out on a hospital gurney waiting to make a very generous donation.

He remembers mixing up his words while his family saw him off.

“I said ‘I’ll see you on the other side…wait that doesn’t sound right,’” Chapin said. “’…of the hospital.’”

Chapin was about to donate his kidney to a man he barely knew, the result of a series of puzzle pieces falling exactly into place. Continue reading
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