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Organ Donors Give Life: Her son died. He lived. They meet Friday

Organ Donors Give Life: Her son died. He lived. They meet Friday

EUGENE, Ore. - Her son's death saved his life.

Rod Fosback got the gift 3 years ago when Dylon Earl Johnson died.

It has been more than 3 years since Rod Fosback of Eugene received what he calls the gift of life from Dylon Earl Johnson.

Dylon, 16, died in a car crash. Rod, now 51, lived thanks to a liver transplant.

Dylon's liver.

On Friday, Rod and his wife Jackie get the opportunity to meet Dylon's mother after 3 years of trading letters.

"I thank the Lord every day for the gift that I've been given," Fosback said.

After one failed liver transplant and his life in the balance, Rod was given a second chance - a second transplant.

But that gift came with a price.  It came from 16 year old Dylon Earl Johnson of Ridgefield, Washington.  Dylon was killed in a Clark County car crash.

On February 15, 2010, Fosback received Dylon's liver. 

Three other men received the boy's heart and kidneys.

The Fosbacks have forged a relationship - in writing - with Shannon McKay, Dylon's mom. 

They meet for the first time Friday.

"Part of my wish is to help her bring closure to the loss of her son," Fosback said.

This story will be updated