Monday, April 29, 2013

How boxer Paco Rodriguez multiplied his life by five

Alex Rodriguez talks about his brother, Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez, and the very special gift that he gave to five people.

Alex Rodriguez, brother of Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez, talks about how his youngest brother became interested in boxing and turned pro.

Paco was very disciplined about his training and lifestyle. Then in 2009 he was invited to a title fight in Philadelphia. In the first round, he got caught with a right hand. But he didn't give up. He came back strong in the second round. In the 10th round, however, they stopped the fight. Paco was hurt, badly hurt. He didn't recover.

The Rodriguez family came together and decided to donate his organs to help others in desperate situations. And so Paco in a sense didn't pass away, his life multiplied. For more information about organ donation and Gift of Hope, please call (630) 758-2600.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.