When walking just a few steps or picking up a book had become an exhausting task, Pastor Rogers knew there was something wrong. Doctors soon diagnosed him with congestive heart failure and told him he needed a new heart.
In June 2011, Pastor Rogers learned a heart was available. He says it was one of the happiest times of his life.
"It's almost like you get to a place where you don't know which way to turn," he said. "And then the phone rang. It was one of the nurses from St. Luke's and she said 'Richard, Richard, we got you a heart!'"
Pastor Rogers knew he had been given a second chance at life and today he is committed to educating people on the importance of organ donation.
"I'm here because I got that second chance. According to my doctor, I probably would have been gone, but somebody gave me that second chance," he said. "It is so important to become an organ donor."
By joining the organ, tissue and marrow registries, you can make a tremendous impact on the life of someone else. "If someone is willing to say 'here is my loved one; I am going to donate their organs, or their eyes, or kidney', it has to be the love of God exemplified through others," he added. "I think about those people that are waiting and I pray that they get that gift of life as well." If you've decided you would like to donate your organs, tissue and eyes, make your wishes known.