Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey didn’t meet and court in the most traditional of ways. Back in 2014, Heather had been diagnosed with stage 4 liver disease and doctors told her the grim news that she had only 4 months to live unless she found an organ donor.
“I was told I had less than a 50 percent chance of living more than two months,” Krueger told ABC. “It was traumatic.”
And to make matters worse, finding a willing liver donor who is also a match for a liver transplant is an almost an impossible task. But miraculously, Chris Dempsey, who at that time was working as a code enforcement officer in Frankfort, Illinois, overheard a coworker in the break room talking about how his cousin would likely die if didn’t get a liver transplant. Chris was no stranger to a strong moral code which stemmed back to his days in the Marine Corps:
“I spent four years in the Marine Corps and learned there never to run away from anything. So I just said to myself, ’Hey, if I can help, I’m going to help,’” he told CBS.