Gary Class

Eight years ago, right before Thanksgiving, Gary Class was planning his funeral. “I thought for sure I wasn’t going to make it,” he said. This Thanksgiving, Class is more than thankful for the family that said yes to organ donation and allowed him to live again. “Just walking across the room was a chore for me, but since my liver transplant, I get to chase my grandchildren and be with my children and wife.” Class attended his first transplant patient meeting at the University of Kansas Hospital just two days after his transplant, and he continues to be involved with the group. During the holidays, he often takes advantage of his likeness to Santa and delivers decorated trees to transplant patients awaiting or recovering from lifesaving transplants at KU.

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