Eric Buchanan lived a life of service.  He was only in his thirties when he transitioned this world.  People described Eric as a fighter and a “go getter” of the millennial generation.  He was an extremely motivated person in every aspect of his life. He battled Cystic Fibrosis and received a double-lung transplant at UNC.  An unfortunate accident led to Eric needing another transplant but it never occurred.  He departed this world in December 2019 but left behind a legacy of service in the transplant and Cystic Fibrosis communities.

Eric will always be remembered by his favorite quote, “I have run the gauntlet of life and I am winning at it!”   One of his proudest achievements was serving as a Volunteer Ambassador for the National Foundation for Transplants for the state of North Carolina.  He was also an alumni of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and graduated the University of Florida. He was always the loudest in shouting, “Go Gators!”

During Donate Life Month, we encourage you to also live a life of service by supporting the life-saving work happening in the transplant community.  Here are some suggestions:

Register to become an organ donor
Consider becoming a living donor
Serve as a volunteer in your local community or state
Support a patient who cannot afford the financial cost of a transplant
Take Action:  Host a special fundraiser to benefit transplant patients
Make NFT your Charity of Choice at AmazonSmile
Become a guest blogger for The Second Chance
Or contact NFT if you have an idea for supporting the transplant community

Eric was a guest blogger for The Second Chance.  You can read his last post, “My Village & Me”.  

In Memory of Eric Buchanan, a kind man who “ran the gauntlet of life”.  Thank you for your service to the transplant community.  You will forever be in our thoughts and hearts.