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State Honoree

Paul Gordon


raised $24,000 to help pay for a young boy’s liver transplant. Paul had seen the boy’s picture on a collection jar at the local restaurant. “After reading about Eric, I no longer wanted to eat my meal,” said Paul. “Instead, I began to fathom the ways I could help him and his family.” He joined a local group that was working on Eric’s cause, and Paul was soon heavily involved in the planning and preparation for various events including an auction. Paul was inspired to not only help run one fund-raiser, but to raise money on his own. In the end, Paul personally raised $24,000 of the $90,000 the auction raised. During the course of the project, Paul and Eric became “like brothers,” said Paul. “Being a part of Eric’s life has really taught me the value of our humanity, and what a great joy it is to give to others.” Now that Eric has had the surgery and is recovering, Paul has been approached by another family to help raise funds for a similar surgery. So he created the Paul Gordon Children’s Fund to assist underprivileged children with medical costs. He has also become a national spokesperson for the National Transplant Assistance Fund, for which he speaks to others about the importance of organ donation.