At fundraiser, UNC worker recounts how organ donation saved his life

WNCN featured UNC Health Care's own Andy Nelson, recipient of a double-lung transplant in July, who spoke at the annual Jason Ray Foundation fundraiser.

Two and a half years ago, UNC Health Care’s own Andy Nelson was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a devastating disease for which there is no known cure. By June of this year Andy was in need of a double-lung transplant. In early July, he received the gift of life at UNC Hospitals, in the form of a new set of lungs. Within days, the former picture of health was walking; within weeks, he walked 13 miles. Andy was the featured speaker at this year's annual Jason Ray Foundation fundraiser at UNC, where he was honored to meet Jason’s parents, Charlotte and Emmitt Ray. Jason famously told his mom, “If my organs can save somebody, especially someone that has children, Mom, don’t even hesitate." Andy reflected on Jason’s words: “My entire story can be summed up by what Jason said: I am some child’s daddy that was dying. And some Jason out there did save me.”

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