It’s been a week since John Parham successfully underwent a left lung transplant, and the J&P Cycles president continues to recuperate, growing stronger every day.

Prior to the transplant, John was using 65 to 70 percent oxygen regularly. Today he is able to function with absolutely no oxygen equipment at all. In addition, he’s able to walk and get around much better than before. The improvement is evident each day as he slowly regains his strength.

Our family is especially appreciative of the many prayers, words of encouragement and support we’ve received from friends and customers these past five months.

We would also like to thank the family of the unknown lung donor. While we do not have any details regarding the donor, we do know that two lives were saved as a result of this gift. Both John and another patient received the gift of life from this one unselfish donor. In addition to his love of motorcycles, John has now added support of organ transplant programs to his long list of passions. If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing up to be an organ donor. Not everyone is as lucky as John in receiving a vital transplant. About 18 people die each day in this country because there are not enough organs available for transplant.

For more information on organ donation, visit www.organdonor.gov.

While this success of John’s transplant is great news for all of us, his journey continues with the possibility of John’s body rejecting his new lung. He is being closely monitored and receiving anti-rejection medication on a daily basis. Our hopes are that John’s left lung will sustain him and return to him the quality of life he had prior to his illness in March.

Again, thanks to everyone for your prayers! We love you all and we never could have made it on this journey without all of your support!

The Parhams… John, Jill, Zach, Bree and Kaiden