It was December of 2013 when a 58-year-old rider from Parker found out he had an extremely rare form of cancer. Cholangiocarcinoma—so rare only one in 250,000 people are diagnosed with it. The doctors found the tumor on his liver, in a spot where neither surgery nor radiation could be used to remove it. His only hope was a liver transplant, but getting on the waitlist was proving to be too difficult. Doctors told him to put his affairs in order, so he saddled up for one more ride.
What If This Was Your Last Motorcycle Ride?
The man from Parker says he remembered every detail of his last ride vividly, even though he was worried about the book of notes he was writing for his wife. There were financial details she needed, details about keeping up the maintenance of their house, and there was the issue of clearing out his stuff so she wouldn’t have to worry about the items. At the top of that list of things to get rid of was the very bike he was riding. Understandably, he was reluctant to let the machine go.
Then news came that protocols had changed at the Mayo Clinic, and if the man from Parker could withstand a rigorous regiment of specialized chemotherapy and radiation, he could qualify for a liver transplant. The 58-year-old immediately submitted to the process and was put on the waitlist for a liver. That’s when they received the call that a liver had been found for him.
The couple rushed to the hospital, ready for the operation, but were informed that the liver had been compromised during transport. They lost hope, until a few days later when they received another call. A man had been injured in an Arvada car accident, and his family was taking him off of life support. The family of that man decided to donate the 33-year-old’s vital organs, and the 58-year-old from Parker was the recipient of his liver.
The man from Parker has counted his blessings ever since receiving this gift of life. He exchanges letters with the family of the donor, and he speaks to the public alongside his donor’s sister. The donor’s family also gave the man from Parker their son’s motorcycle jacket, another gift to protect the life they gave.
As soon as he could walk, this 58-year-old from Parker snuck out and rode his motorcycle around the block. His wife was a little angry, but it was also a happy moment because he got to ride his bike one more time.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Metier Law Firm want you to remember—life is short, so enjoy ever ride like it’s your last.