GREEN BAY (WITI) -- The Green Bay Packers have been part of some pretty great comebacks through the years, but on Tuesday, March 31st, star wide receiver Randall Cobb witnessed one for the ages. The Packers great was in Milwaukee visiting Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin during Organ Donation Awareness Month.
Charles Butler Sr. is two years removed from a double lung transplant.
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Butler says it all started with a horrible cough.
"I couldn't hold a conversation without coughing every other word," Butler said.
"You don't get patients like Charles every day -- patients that are kind and caring, that want to help others. Patients that are waiting on the list," Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Transplant Coordinator Sara Berkholtz said.
Butler is recovering from a debilitating condition, but now that he has his voice back, he's using it to promote organ donation and to dispel myths people might have.
"Because I look at myself as a miracle," Butler said.
Butler's story is the kind of comeback story that inspires anyone who hears it, including #18 with the Green Bay Packers: Randall Cobb.
"Obviously we are facing injury all the time, but it's not life-threatening like this and to be able to meet someone that's strong and would overcome as significant as this is unbelievable," Cobb said.
While Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin encourages all people to register to become an organ donor, extra attention is being paid to the African-American community.
"I think as we educate and as more people educate themselves and look at the resources that are out there, I think people will turn to the side of of being positive toward donation," Berkholtz said.
While there is more than one way to save a life, registering to become an organ donor is a simple thing we can all do.