Organ recipient meets deceased donor’s family for first time in emotional exchange

Kevin (left) and Pam Fultz, at a special presentation for Life Connection of Ohio during the UD men's basketball game Thursday night, Jan. 19, 2017. (David Jablonski/Staff)
Janis Weaver’s life was saved by a kidney. She was able to finally thank the family in person this week.

Weaver received a kidney donated by Michael Keith Fultz, a former police officer who died in April 2016 from injuries suffered when a motorist struck him while he was riding his bike. He was 54.

Weaver met Fultz’ wife Pam and son Kevin on Thursday at the Cox Media Group Ohio Media Center. Weaver and Pam Fultz sat together in a green chair, part of Donate Life Ohio’s Green Chair Campaign, which invites those affected by organ or tissue donation to share their stories.

"It was scary at first, I have to say,” Weaver said. “I've talked to Pam on the phone a few times and we emailed and she made it extremely easy on me when I did get up there. I was nervous and excited.”

Earlier this year, Pam and Kevin Fultz appeared at a University of Dayton men’s basketball game as part of their continued efforts to encourage organ donation. Kevin has also thrown out the first pitch at a Dayton Dragons game for donation awareness. Continue reading
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