Bill Conner of Wisconsin is riding his bicycle 2600 miles across the country to honor his daughter and raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. Bill’s daughter, Abbey, died in January of 2017. She was an organ donor. On Father’s Day 2017, Bill heard his daughter’s heart beat again.
After biking 1400 miles through several states, Conner stopped in Ventress, Louisiana to meet his daughter’s heart recipient, Loumonth Jack, Jr - also known as Jack or Roppy. Roppy suffered a heart attack at the age of 20. Doctors gave him days to live. Without Abbey’s heart, Roppy wouldn’t be alive today.
Bill and Roppy’s first meet – working with the LA Organ Procurement Agency – was captured ‘live’ on the ‘Donate Life Louisiana’ Facebook page. That video of the embrace, Bill listening to his daughter’s heart, the tears – has reached over 1.7 million with more than 700,000 views – AND COUNTING!
Bill is back on the road. He is now focused on his final destination - Florida - where Abbey died and gave the Gift of Life. His target arrival date is July 10, 2017.
Bill’s says this ‘trip’ is part of his healing. Updates can be found by searching Abbey’s Ride for Life on GoFundMe. Tax deductible donations will be supporting Donate Life America and his bike trip across the country.