Bounds_webextraRick Bounds is a 58-year-old triathlete, with four competitions and a 100-mile bike ride to his credit, but six years ago he was diagnosed with a nonhepatitis liver disease. Rick’s doctors told him that he needed an immediate kidney and liver transplant, and they gave him eight months to live.

Dorothy Biernack’s husband, Marty, had a stroke, and by the time he arrived at the hospital, there was nothing the doctors could do to save him. That is when his family decided to donate his kidneys and liver.

Marty died on July 20, 2007; Rick received his transplant on July 21, 2007.

At StoryCorps, Rick and Dorothy remember Marty.

Originally aired May 17, 2013, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Above: Dorothy, holding a photo of Marty, hugs Rick at the finish line of his first triathlon. Photo courtesy of Rick Bounds.