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Kevin, Lung Recipient

“Without My Transplant, I Wouldn’t Be Here to Throw This First Pitch!”

A double lung transplant saved Kevin Huckaby’s life in February 2020. On Saturday, April 6, he got to throw out the first pitch at the UAB Donate Life Softball Game.  

Every year during National Donate Life Month (NDLM), Legacy of Hope sponsors a softball game with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to spread awareness about the importance of organ donation. This annual event was inspired by Andy Jackson, whose wife died in need of a lung transplant, and serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. 

 At the age of six weeks, Kevin was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. After losing his sister to the disease and then losing his dad, mom and grandfather, his health began to spiral downhill. 

 In 2019, at the age of 42, Kevin’s lung function had fallen to 17% and he thought he was going to die. He was placed on the transplant waiting list for a double lung transplant on Jan. 7, 2020, and on Feb. 13, 2020, he received “the call”. He was given the wonderful gift of new lungs from a selfless donor whose name was Karie. 

Just 12 days after receiving a double lung transplant, Kevin was released from the hospital and started rehab. Just a month and 19 days after having transplant surgery he was allowed to go home to surprise his then 10-year-old twin boys and be with his wife. Kevin has completed two 5k’s, two fun mile runs and most of all, he has been able to enjoy life thanks to a loving and selfless person who chose to be an organ donor. 

“Please consider being a donor,” Kevin asks. “If I had not received a double lung transplant, I wouldn’t be here today to throw out this pitch!”

Sign up for the donor registry to potentially leave a legacy of generosity, there’s no greater gift than organ donation.

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