Liver Recipient Richard Perez Celebrates Life, Rides on the Donate Life Float at the Rose Parade — and Gives Back
“I feel wonderful! My life has changed in ways I cannot explain and every day I’m so thankful to my donor and their family. “
During the summer of 2013, Richard Perez, a 59-year-old Rochester resident, celebrated the 10th anniversary since his liver transplant. He’s come a long, long way after being diagnosed in 2002 with cirrhosis of the liver due to hepatitis C.
Following the diagnosis, Richard was placed on the transplant waiting list. A ten-month wait ensued, during which time his condition worsened.
After spending ten months on the waiting list, Richard received a new liver from a deceased donor at Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center.
Richard says, “I feel wonderful! My life has changed in ways I cannot explain and every day I’m so thankful to my donor and their family. Even though I have to take anti-rejection medication twice a day and need to be careful and prevent getting sick, I live a relatively normal life.”
He adds: “Because someone made that decision ten years ago, I was able to see my son graduate from college and help plan his upcoming wedding. I’m looking forward to grand kids!”
Richard Honored at 2014 Rose Parade
Richard had the honor of riding on the Donate Life Float at the 2014 Rose Parade. He was one of 30 people riding on the float on New Year’s Day in Pasadena.
Richard’s participation and being honored in the parade was sponsored by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network and the University of Rochester Medical Center/Memorial Strong Hospital.
Read more about Richard and find out how he helps others prepare for and recover from an organ transplant.