A veteran of the U.S. Navy has a new outlook on life as the recipient of a gift of an organ donation from an Air Force Academy cadet.
Robert Lee Logan found out his kidneys were failing which required daily dialysis just to stay alive. Thursday he met in person for the first time the family of Marc Henning, an AFA cadet who ended his own life last year, but chose to donate his organs before his death.
“He has the kidney of a really great guy, and we wanted him to take care of himself,” said Linda Henning, Marc’s mother. “We were very honored that he could carry on Marc’s spirit in a different way.”
Logan was matched with his donor through a Colorado link to the military organ sharing program.
"You want to explain how grateful you are for something, but you’re talking to someone who just lost their son," Logan said.
That Colorado link, Donor Alliance, was recognized Thursday in Denver by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“My semi-normal life now, as far as I’m concerned, is perfectly normal,” Logan said.
Robert Lee Logan and the Hennings traveled from New York and Illinois respectively to meet at the ceremony.