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!
John and Jill Parham