Forever Grateful!

Candy Pagel

Transplant Recipient, Minnesota

  • Liver, March 28, 2000, University of Minnesota Health Transplant Services

When I was 28 years old having a routine exam, the doctor found a mass on my liver. A few days later I had a football sized tumor removed and was diagnosed with liver cancer. Thirteen months later through examinations and more surgery, it was determined that I would need a transplant. On March 28, 2000 my sister Lori McEvoy selflessly donated the larger lobe of her liver in order to save my life. This gift has prolonged my life by 18 years and counting. The wonderful experiences I have been able to enjoy are too numerous to count. I have been able to watch my children grow-up, have become a grandmother, and have shared countless memories with the people I love. Without the gift of the transplant, I would not be here today.

Without my sister Lori's selfless act, I would not be here to enjoy the wonderful life I have been given. I am so grateful!!

Since my transplant I have had the opportunity to compete in the Transplant games numerous times since 2004. This event highlights the lives of those saved by organ transplantation, as well as honoring those who have given the gift of life through organ donation. It is an event that is dear to my heart and I have developed friendships with people around the country as a result.

With Love, Candy Pagel