J&P Cycles Founder John Parham Doing Well Nearly Four Years After Lung Transplant

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April 11, 2014 | By: Angi Kearney

John and Jill (1)April is National Donate Life Month, and today happens to be Donate Life Blue and Green Day, a day set aside specifically to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

J&P Cycles has a special connection to this effort as our founder John Parham received a life-saving lung transplant almost four years ago. As you may recall, we shared John’s story from waiting for a lung to his recovery just a week after his lung transplant and his last update, a year post-surgery, here on the J&P blog.

In the nearly three years since that last post, John has been busy promoting his love of antique motorcycles and the beautiful National Motorcycle Museum, located just a mile down the road from J&P Cycles. Since John’s retirement from J&P, he has been able to focus 100% on the Museum. In doing so, the Museum’s collection has grown to well over 400 priceless machines in addition to motorcycle memorabilia, antique motorcycle toys, photos and posters.

Like other transplant patients, John has had his share of ups and downs. There have been illnesses, trips to the hospital and changes in his medicine regimen, but he and his wife, Jill, are living their life to the fullest. They were able to spend five weeks in Florida this winter, even attending Bike Week. Looking forward to this summer, a motorcycle trip is in the cards, and they should be able to do so in style, and comfort as a new Harley-Davidson trike has been ordered and is on the way for them.

And then there’s his family. At the time of John’s lung transplant, the Parham family consisted of not only John and Jill, but son, Zach, daughter-in-law, Bree and grandson, Kaiden, who was a toddler. Now, 5-years-old, Kaiden isn’t the only grandchild anymore. There’s a granddaughter, Kinlee who will be 3 in May. Each day with their grandchildren is a reminder of the blessings that have been bestowed upon them, and they spend as much time as possible with the two of them

John is not shy in talking about his illness, organ donation and how important it is. He is a firm believer in the work being done by the Donate Life Organization and encourages everyone to consider being an organ donor. According to the Donate Life website, more than 120,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States. In 2012, there were 28,052 organ transplants performed with 14,013 organ donors.

Without the selfless gift of another family, he never would have seen his grandson grow and his granddaughter be born let alone live life for another four years.

 

Comments (13)

John, I too am awaiting a lung transplant. My ailment is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Transplant is the only hope I have. Your company has provided me with several goodies for my ride. I just gor back from Laughlin where I saw your huge trailor of goodies. Best of luck to you and your family. Ray

John, it’s great to be alive. It is good news that the transplant has been a success. Keep on riding…God bless.

Hey, John. I just had the 8th anniversary of my single lung TX at Cleveland Clinic. I also have hep c and nobody in CA would do the TX based on that. Cleveland did it with no special measures and the virus hasnt acted up at all.. My DX was COPD (smoking) , quit in 1988 but not in time. Hope to see you on the road. I still have a Softail, a 84 shovel and a 95 S-2 Buell. After the first year things go better, it took me quite a while to get feeling well. I see you have a good woman, quite helpful. Be well,John

I will be getting on the transplant list very soon.Just competing rehab to help me out.I’am a Alpha1 with lung problems.Have been on Oxygen for 11 years.Have still been able to ride,but getting much harder.I wish you well and will keep in touch on my time lines.Take care and all the best.I have a 55 Panhead slowly rebuilding and have ordered parts from you.

Many people believe that if you can live a healthy lifestyle at this time your chances of infinite life becomes a reality. Technology is moving so quick they now can manufacture a corrected faulty Gene code however at this time the problem exist is how to place that repaired code in ones body. Introducing it via virus has proven to be a unsuccessful method. They are also growing organs from one’s own DNA. Almost science-fiction but it’s just around the corner

John,
Sounds like your doing well and dealing with all of the post transplant ups and downs. My sister-in-law had a double lung transplant 4 weeks ago. She is in post recovery now. I also urge everyone to be an organ doner. One of the best gifts anyone can give.

John, your story touches my heart and is very close to home w/ me. At the age of 27 I lost my husband to suicide. He to was an organ donor and a wonderful man in our state received my husbands lungs. It’s been over 10 years now and the recepient is still going strong and I am proud to call him family. He has his ups and downs just as you have experienced but he to is a fighter and has got to enjoy life for 10+ more years. I wish you well and I thank you for promoting Organ Donation! Save a life, be a donor!!! God Bless!!!!!!!

John & Jill – it takes faith and family to press on through these adversities. Good for all of you. I am a registered organ donor and am glad to hear your story. Best wishes for many more years on that trike.
Love dealing with J & P – have purchased several things very lately, all good.

John, Good work bro. You look great! I also am celebrating a one year anniversary of having a bone marrow transplant to fix a rare form of Leukemia. Proud to say I’m in total remission,thanks to an annamonus donner. Whom I hope to connect with soon,I guess you don’t. Have that luxury (obviously).but I can relate to you’re experience like most others can not. I’m 53 now and back in the wind! After quite a few years thanks to the LORD, BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DONATE THEIR BODY FOR THE LIFE OF A STRANGER,FOR THEY SHALL LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD FOR ALL ETERNITY. Please keep in touch. Fraternally Shaun.

John, may God continue to bless you and your family, live life to the fullest, love your family, remember your friends and enjoy building many more memories.

John

God bless you. I am sure you have been through a lot and it is wonderful to see that you are living life to its fullest.
I myself changed my two wheeler to a trike last year and it is the best thing I have done. Enjoy it.
Take care.

John,

Hope you are doing well! Sounds like you have been through a lot.

I am a customer of J&P Cycles and have been for the past few years. I can tell you your son is doing a fine job running the biz!

My orders have always been on time and exactly what I wanted. Your pricing is good and staff I always helpful and friendly when I call.

To you, your wife, son and entire family, I wish you the best, health and much success in the coming years!

The reps that answer the phones are very knowledgeable and very easy to conduct business with

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