One hot July night in 2003, Ron Boris, then 43, was jolted awake, the pain of a massive heart attack ripping through his chest. He recovered, but that October he had another.
On April 25, 2009, after years of surgeries and illness triggered by his cardiomyopathy, Boris, of Auburn, Schuylkill County, was given a heart transplant.
His new heart had been donated by Eddie Bates, of Delaware, who was 31 when he died of a brain aneurysm.
To this day, Boris wears a large medallion with Bates' photograph around his neck, and a similar button on his lapel.