Lloyd Saba Promotes 'Gift of Life'
DOVER - Each year, an ever-growing team of runners from Delaware Tech participates in the Gift of Life Dash for Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness. The team’s inspiration is Delaware Tech employee Lloyd Saba, who is alive today because of the gift of life from and organ donor.
Gift of Life is a nonprofit organization serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. This year, to build public awareness of their lifesaving work, Gift of Life is producing a video program and asked Saba to participate.
Saba's story began 12 years ago when he was diagnosed with non-responsive liver disease. He was eventually placed on a transplant waiting list; however, after years of waiting and with his condition ever-worsening, Saba and his wife gave up hope and began planning Saba’s funeral.
"One week later, I got the call that saved my life," Saba remembered. "A donor had been found; I was getting my life back!"
It had been a long and hard journey - from his diagnosis in 2000, to being placed on the transplant list in 2004, to his transplant surgery in 2008 - there were many times he could have given up. But Saba chose to continue his fight through more than eight grueling hours in the operating room and three months of recovery before he could return to Delaware Tech, where he will soon celebrate his seventh year of employment. Today, Saba spends many hours going around the state to advocate and raise awareness for Gift of Life, where he is currently co-chair of the Delaware Coalition.
Delaware Tech’s team is expected to surpass last year's number of 40 runners participating the upcoming Donor Dash event on Sunday, April 21, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.