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Father, son look forward to liver transplant benefit

June 25, 2014 at 1:25 a.m.
Updated June 26, 2014 at 1:26 a.m.

Justin and James Adcock will have a benefit to defray medical costs of their liver transplant. Justin Adcock donated half of his liver to his father, James, who has stage four liver cirrhosis.

Justin Adcock is more than a hero to his father, James Adcock.

James Adcock, 58, received half of his son's liver May 20 at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, a transplant he said saved his life.

"He is already a hero as a firefighter, but he's more than a hero," Adcock said, choking up during a phone interview. "He's a great man, and he cares for his father."

But it's not only his son who cares about him; friends, family and the community do as well.

A benefit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will help defray the medical expenses the Adcocks now owe.

The family also has a Go Fund Me account.

Adcock was battling stage 4 liver cirrhosis, a result of hepatitis C and drinking, he said.

Doctors said he had to stop drinking or he'd die; at that point, the decision was easy.

"I wanted to live," he said. "I wanted to live life."

Adcock's son, who is already recuperating in Victoria, was not the only one jumping at the chance to help dad.

His youngest daughter, Megan Groll, 26, and his other son, Cory, also were ready to be tested, but Justin, the oldest, took the lead.

Jumping in to help was something Adcock's son wanted to do.

"He's my father, and he's a great person," his son said. "I love him to death."

Adcock's son has been back in Victoria for three weeks, and his only restrictions are no driving and no lifting more than 10 pounds, he said.

"I'm doing pretty good," the 34-year-old said.

Family and friends have been working since before the transplant to put on the benefit. It includes a carne guisada lunch and raffle. The plates are to-go only.

Right now, James Adcock does not know when he's coming back to Victoria. The Mayo Clinic, he said, is thorough with his recovery. Adcock is on 13 pills right now, and doctors are expecting him to fully recover and function well with the transplant.

"It's just such a long process," Adcock said, adding he's focused a lot on his faith during the process.

He's excited and overwhelmed with the support back in Victoria, he said.

"I'm a man who's blessed by many people. A man can't describe how that makes him feel," he said. "God bless them all, and thank you from the bottom of my heart. I don't think I'll ever be able to pay them back at all."



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