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Pat Adams

Excerpts taken from the Poughkeepsie Journal.

“Patrick Adams didn’t smoke. He didn’t have a history of heart disease, and he enjoyed playing basketball three times a week. He was a healthy man. His heart was fine.

“And then suddenly, it wasn’t.

“Abruptly diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia and cardiomyopathy four years ago, the 55-year-old’s heart began beating 200 beats per minute. Still, he wasn’t worried about dying.

“He was in denial, he said.

“Until he found out he needed a heart transplant to live.”

“‘In the four years since the transplant, I am back working full-time in the family business, I watched my son graduate from high school, I celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary, I went to (the) Grand Canyon and I’m playing basketball again,’ Adams said. ‘Without Jason’s generosity, none of this would have been possible.'”

“The stories of Adams and Ruffing inspired some observers of the Organ Donor Enrollment Day declaration to become registered organ donors early, including 58-year-old City of Poughkeepsie resident Derritt Roberts.”