Stranger Gives Part Of His Liver To Pennsylvania Man In Need Of Organ Donation

KDKA's Kym Gable has more, On A Positive Note.

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- On a positive note tonight, a complete stranger has made it his life's mission to help others, and not just by picking up their groceries or lending them a few bucks. He's giving them the ultimate gift of life. And as our Kym Gable shares, his donation couldn't have come at a more dire time for a Pennsylvania man.

MARTIN YUCHA: Anthony, nice to meet you. Oh, thank you so much.

KYM GABLE: An embrace that just radiates gratitude. Martin Yucha has so much to be thankful for.

MARTIN YUCHA: Things happen so quickly. And Anthony is just a godsend, I'll tell you.

KYM GABLE: Martin is a cancer survivor from Warren, PA who desperately needed a liver transplant, and Anthony Cernera is a semipro skydiver and philanthropist from Fairfield, Connecticut who gives of himself to complete strangers, a mission that started in 2016.

ANTHONY CERNERA: If I'm somebody who cares about making the world a better place and being of service to others, and I could do this thing that would just be a minor inconvenience for me, how come I'm not looking into donating myself? And three months later, I was donating my kidney to a stranger in Long Island. So that was the first donation.

KYM GABLE: Then he donated bone marrow and now part of his liver over the holidays. The two families met outside UPMC Montefiore for the first time.

MARTIN YUCHA: It brought tears to my eyes. It's just amazing that someone would give up their liver for me.

ANTHONY CERNERA: It's such an interesting experience to care about somebody's well-being and to have not met them yet. And to hear that Marty is doing well and looks great is-- it's just really a privilege. It's really great to be part of.

KYM GABLE: --in a city that specializes in living donor transplants.

ABHI HUMAR: So we have a series now of close to almost 10 individuals who have been double donors in the sense that they were initially either kidney and liver or vice versa.

ANTHONY CERNERA: Being able to help people gives my life meaning, and that's really important to me.

KYM GABLE: Two strangers now connected for life.

ANTHONY CERNERA: I'm grateful for him, grateful for the team here at UPMC to be able to be a part of this. It's a real gift.

MARTIN YUCHA: It's good. I get to see my grandkids again.

KYM GABLE: Making new memories with family and friends on a positive note.

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