Stories of Hope

Sean, living kidney donor recipient

Sean was an active person who liked to spend time long-distance running, swimming, and hiking and also performed full-time as a musician along the East Coast. In 2000, Sean was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a disease of the large intestines, and as a result, was later diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a type of liver disease that affects the bile ducts.

Two Life Threatening Illnesses

Sean’s active lifestyle was brought to a halt in the summer of 2021 when he was admitted to the hospital due to severe abdominal pain. There, the doctors confirmed that Sean was experiencing liver failure. Unfortunately, his diagnosis was complicated by the discovery of bile duct cancer. Without a transplant, Sean would not survive.

Living Donors are Living Heroes

In June 2022, Sean received a liver from his real-life hero and living donor, Anthony. Anthony lived in California with his wife and two children, and despite living on the opposite side of the country, Anthony traveled to New York to donate 68% of his liver* to Sean, a gift that would save his life. Anthony stayed for about a month after surgery so the hospital could monitor his health.

Throughout his transplant journey, Sean’s friends and family never wavered in their support, motivating and encouraging him to stay strong and keep fighting through whatever was ahead. He also had fans of his band giving him support along the way. One of his biggest supporters, however, was his living donor.

“Anthony’s gift of organ donation not only gave me the gift of life and brought me back to my family and loved ones, but he also contributed to re-defining my purpose in life, and I will be forever grateful for that.”

New Outlook on Life

Sean now has a new outlook on life; he’s more present in his family’s lives and left his former job to focus on his music career full-time. Within 10 months of beating cancer and receiving his liver transplant, Sean was back in the music studio and performing in venues along the East Coast. Every day, he is grateful for his second chance at life and now advocates for and mentors others facing cancer treatment or waiting for a lifesaving transplant.