Joey was the best human being on the planet, in my humble opinion. He was also born with Cystic Fibrosis. He underwent a successful double lung transplant in August 2007, which gave him the freedom to do things that most people take for granted: go back to work, play sports, visit with family and friends, tie his own shoes, breathe. On February 21st 2011, at the age of 34, Joey died from complications associated with a long wait for a liver transplant. The doctors told us that although he received his liver, by the time he did he had no reserves left to fight off a post-transplant infection. His wait for transplant was too long.

Joey was funny, Joey was strong, Joey was sweet, Joey always went out of his way to look out for others and put them at ease. I am not okay with the fact that he is no longer here with me. I miss my baby and don’t want other people whose lives are affected by Cystic Fibrosis to have to experience the same pain that our family is experiencing. Please make a donation to help find a cure for this terrible disease, or register to be an organ donor today and discuss your wishes with your loved ones. Better yet, do both.