Will 2 Live: The William Rollings McMahon Story
William “Will” McMahon was an active, healthy, 16-year old honor student who lived in Pensacola, FL. During the last week of 2004 he suddenly developed flu-like symptoms. Less than a week later Will was diagnosed with unexplainable liver failure. He was flown to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL in critical condition, with only 24-hours to live. Miraculously, he received a donated liver in time to save his life. Following his transplant on January 2, 2005, Will fought bravely to recover and successfully returned home to resume his schoolwork, along with his passions of surfing and playing the guitar. Five months later, however, Will developed complications and was placed back on the organ waiting list, in need of a second liver transplant. Unfortunately, he passed away on May 19, 2005 as he waited. Following his passing, Will’s mother Kim McMahon founded a non-profit foundation in his memory, with the purpose of educating and supporting the need for more registered organ donors. She frequently travels to speak to schools, civic groups, and other audiences, encouraging everyone to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor, and to share their wishes with other family members. Please understand and discuss organ donation with your family and friends. By doing so you are helping raise awareness of this life saving gift!