A Holiday Blessing From Us To You

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December 24, 2010 | By: John Parham

Holiday greetings from the entire J&P Cycles family! As we say goodbye to 2010, it’s amazing to think that another year has passed. For myself, my wife Jill and our son Zach, 2010 has been a tremendous twelve months for us personally.

In March, after recovering from emergency colon surgery, I developed pneumonia. Combined with an already compromised lung through pulmonary fibrosis, I became gravely ill. I spent 33 days in the intensive care unit and then another 19 days in the hospital before I was finally released. During this time, the doctors determined that my only chance for survival was to undergo a lung transplant.

On June 25 — just the day before our 31st Open House — I received news I had been placed on “the list” for a lung transplant. My condition continued to deteriorate and after another consult with the Cleveland Clinic, my name was placed higher on the list. Then, on Aug. 7 — opening day for the 70th annual Sturgis Rally & Races (the first one I would end up missing in 25 years)—, I got the call that would save my life. Early the next morning, I underwent the procedure. Today, despite some minor rejection scares, I am adapting to my new lung nicely and getting stronger each day.

Without this gracious gift of life, I would not be here to celebrate this holiday season with my family and friends. If you haven’t already done so, please consider organ donation. It’s easy to sign up so and I’m proof positive that it saves lives. Please visit www.jpcycles.com/organ-donation for more information and to commit to this worthy cause.

Thank you to everyone who sent up prayers for us during this ordeal. It really has been a tremendous year!

God Bless,

John and Jill Parham

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Organ donation saved my live also Jon, my army buddy donated me a live saving kidney, or I wouldn’t be riding my old 77 Electric Glide this year, so my best wishes for your recovery and may god bless your family.

John Parham was very lucky to get a Lung transplant. There are now over 108,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

There is another good way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – if you don’t agree to donate your organs when you die, then you go to the back of the waiting list if you ever need an organ to live.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. About 50% of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who haven’t agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,300 members as of this writing.

Please contact me – Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers – if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you’re interested. My email address is daveundis [at] lifesharers [dot] org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.

There is no reason why every body is not an organ donor. If you want to go down in history, then here is your chance. DON’T LET THE WORMS GET THEM FIRST………….SAVE A LIFE AND GIVE SIGHT!! Donate your organs….

John and Jill, Merry Christmas! My continued prayers for you this new year. May God continue to smile upon you and grant you mercy.
jim huffman
fayetteville, arkansas
home of “bikes, blues, and bbq”

All The best to you Merry Christmas

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