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A monthly story of personal strength and courage. This month's story:

SKEETER PAYNE HAS HEART




Ed "Skeeter" Payne is one of LifeCenters many volunteers. He was the 246th patient to receive a heart transplant at The University Hospital in Cincinnati. Approximately four years and 7 months ago he was on the sixth floor of The University Hospital dying of congestive heart failure and hoping for a donor of a heart to become available. On July 30, 1998 his prayers were answered when he received a donor heart from a Mississippi resident. He and his wife, Sandy, live in Trenton, Ohio, and have three grandchildren, Maggi, Alex and Garrett.

"If they played it, I coached it at Middletown High School," says Payne with a smile. "Football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, swimming." He even substituted as the golf coach, cheerleader advisor one year, equipment manager and trainer. For 15 years Payne taught, coached and served as assistant principal and athletic director at Middletown High School.

Here are some of his honors: Southwest District Athletic Directors Hall of Fame; Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame; Butler County Slo-pitch Softball Hall of Fame; Ohio America Softball Association Hall of Fame; Middletown High School Athletic Hall of Fame; William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame; Butler County Sports Hall of Fame; and the Middletown Basketball Officials Hall of Fame. Payne’s also a member of the prestigious Pigskin/Roundball Spectacular "Gold Medal Club." In 1987, he was selected Ohio Athletic Director of the Year and NCSSAD Midwest Region Athletic Director. "I was a candidate for National AD of the Year," he states. "There were five candidates and the AD from Connecticut won. So I always say I came in second which is not true, but I guess I did tie for second with the four other candidates."

Since his heart transplant, Payne enjoys playing golf, and just recently has been given the opportunity to be the play-by-play person for TV Middletown Channel 24 on Time Warner Cable for his old high school, Middletown High School.

"The station expanded their coverage to include other schools in the immediate area," says Payne. "I have often dreamed of doing the play-by-play on the radio or the TV for local sports and now I am in the thick of things. I have a partner with me, Jim "Chief" Gillis. I am hoping the station will be doing some of the baseball games this spring. Maybe one of these days you’ll see me on ESPN or Fox." So far this year the station has covered football and basketball games (both boys and girls).

"How grateful am I that a person elected to be an organ and tissue donor? I am unable to put into words my feelings. All I can say is I thank God and my donor every time I get to hold one of my grand kids and my beautiful wife."





PREVIOUS STORIES

SECOND CHANCES: Receiving the Gift of Life -Read about R. Lueders inspirational new book on how faith helped him through his illness and recovery.

A Story Of Faith, Love, And Inspiration -The Story of Jeff Piper

SKEETER PAYNE HAS HEART -The Story of Skeeter Payne

A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE -The Story of Charles Eaton

THE PERSONAL LIFE OF A NURSE -The Story of Margaret Schnieder

VISITED BY ANGELS -The Story of Our Chaplain Bro. Vernon Hornsby

BEATING THE ODDS AGAIN AND AGAIN -The Story of Debbie Tunnacliffe

MAKING THE MOST OF 2ND CHANCE AT LIFE -The story of Ron McKenney

LIFE IS NEW AND LIFE IS GOOD -The story of Roy Laney

A GIFT FROM THE HEART -The story of Jack Stranko

A SECOND CHANCE OF LIFE FOR A NURSE -The Story of Terrie J. Carr






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