The power of organ donation was showcased at last month’s Donate Life Sit-in at Cox Media Group in Dayton as a donor family met their loved one’s kidney recipient face to face for the first time.
Michael Keith Fultz served in the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department for 25 years. When he passed away last April, he still found a way to serve others — by leaving a life-saving legacy through organ and tissue donation. Jan Weaver received one of Michael Keith’s kidneys, and her life was forever changed. She went from enduring nightly dialysis for more than a year to being healthy, active and thankful for her gift of life.
“I am so grateful to have received a kidney from such a magnificent man,” Jan said. “There aren’t words to express how lucky I am.”
Michael Keith’s wife, Pam, said meeting Jan and her husband, Bob, was “amazing”.
“A part of my husband still lives on through Jan, and I know he would be pleased knowing he gave the gift of life,” Pam said. “Bonus for us — we’ve welcomed two wonderful folks into our family!”
Pam and Jan had an instant connection, and they communicate at least once a week.
Michael Keith’s son, Kevin, is proud that his father saved lives through organ donation.
“It’s kind of hard to explain how one person can save so many lives just from a selfless act, but it makes it easier in a tragedy to find beauty in that,” Kevin said.