William Shupe, 49, Eatonton, was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver with ascites, or fluid build-up in the abdomen, as a byproduct of his liver not functioning properly.
“They said my liver was in bad shape and that I would need to have a liver transplant as soon as possible.” he said.
Following his diagnosis, he had to start going to Emory Transplant Center in Atlanta and quit drinking and smoking immediately to enact a lifestyle change.
Unable to work, and the cost of all the visits to Emory and Milledgeville for doctors' appointmentshas forced him to rely on his parents, Doris and Carey Shupe, for help.
He hopes with assistance he will be able to get back where he once was – to be able to spend more time with his daughter, Kiersten Shupe.