The news for the parents of newborn Joey was not good. Their precious new baby had liver disease.
That meant Joey was in and out of hospitals a lot as he grew up. Each battle to regain his health took a toll on his tiny body. He grew weaker. He’d only get really better, his parents were told, if he received a new liver.
Thanks to a donor’s heroic generosity, at 6 years old, Joey was loaded on a plane and flown from Nevada to California to receive a liver transplant. Joey grew stronger as he grew older.
Once hospital bound, Joey’s passions now knows no bounds. He pursues activities like mud running, dirt biking and snowboarding.
“If I never had to battle the illness that I did, and if I never had to fight to survive every day, year after year, I wouldn’t have become the strong, passionate, and driven person I am today.”
Joey also continues to speak out about the need for people to register as organ and tissue donors and talk with their families about their decision. He is pursuing a career in the medical field. “I was given a second chance at life, and I am going to live it to its full potential, by doing the most that I can to use this gift in a positive way and to help others in need.”