Rod Butler didn’t recognize the pain associated with organ donation until it his son was affected

with Chrohn’s disease at age 10. Chon’s disease, also known as Chrohn syndrome and regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Further into his diagnosis when he was 14, Brock was eventually told that he needed a new liver in the next 5 years. However, this wasn’t the first time Rod’s life had been affected by the need of organ donation. Previously, Rod had been afflicted of kerataconus, a disease of the cornea that required replacement. “[I] still believed it was a miracle, but didn’t recognize the pain of the family that lost their family member,” Brock said in his interview. Brock would eventually learn that exact pain in years to come. Brock’s struggle since his disease has been nothing but a miraculous battle since then. Brock graduated with honors at Cottonwood high school, was on the swim team, and played the saxophone and guitar. Rod remembered, “[I] didn’t think he looked unhealthy – nowhere near looking like he needed a liver transplant”. Brock after high school attended Salt Lake Community College, wanting to be an engineer like his dad. However, his health started to deteriorate and Brock eventually had to miss a couple of tests that fall. Rod recalled, “by spring semester, his sickness made it that he couldn’t continue in that direction. On July 4 of 2012, Brock had a MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) in the high 30s. Those with liver disease need to be at least 20 to be considered for a new liver. When a liver was presented, Rod recalled, “I was so thrilled that this was finally going to happen after all the struggles that Brock has been through.” But unfortunately, his health deteriorated so much so that he wasn’t healthy enough to receive a liver. Rod remembers his son’s head laying on his own after Brock woke up from an induced coma. Rod told his son he wanted to be a better dad, in which Brock replied, “That’s funny dad because I’ve always wanted to be just like you”. On September 28th, 2013, Brock passed away in a chemically induced coma, 8 days after his 21st birthday. “That was 417 days ago,” Rod recalled “so much goes through your mind about how unfair life is, and it would’ve just taken one [donated liver] for Brock, but it didn’t come.” Rod said that that is the reason that he is a huge proponent today for organ donation, “so that people leave behind for others what the others can’t have.” The fact of the matter today is that there are still people out there that don’t want to be organ donors, most of them on the fence. Whether it be due to religion, or the misconception that they wouldn’t get the attention they need when in the emergency room, 25% of Utahans didn’t check ‘yes’ to be an organ donor on their driver’s license. Rod urges these people, “you can save two people with your lungs, you can save two people with your kidneys, and you can save a person with your heart and your pancreas as a result of your thinking just enough to check that ‘yes’ box behind your drivers license.”