Sugar Grove church stands behind organ transplant recipient

This photo of Ryan and Valerie Jackman was taken Easter morning 2016 when Ryan Jackman learned he had been matched with a donor for a pancreas transplant.

Every day in the world, about 80 people receive organ transplants, according to

On the same day, about 22 people die waiting for an organ transplant that never arrives, the website stated.

Yorkville resident Ryan Jackman, 34, is one of the fortunate ones. He received a pancreas transplant earlier this year.

“The average person may think organ donation is a minor thing, but I’m still recovering from the transplant itself,” he said. “I’m taking between 30 to 40 pills a day, but I wouldn’t be here right now if not for my donor. I would give the world to let the donor know how grateful I am today.”

It’s been a longtime battle for Jackman, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 12. Continue reading
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