Updated: Thursday, 13 Dec 2012, 1:10 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 13 Dec 2012, 1:10 PM EST
HOUSTON, Tex. (KPRC) - In January of 2010, two young men -- strangers to one another -- checked into hospitals suffering from sudden illnesses.
Near Sacramento, George Becker, 22, had a routine sinus infection that suddenly traveled to his brain. On the same day in San Francisco, 15-year-old Alfonso Garcia was stricken with a rare liver disease and told he would die in days without a transplant.
The trajectory of the two men would collide in dueling chapters of life and death. When Becker died suddenly, his liver was transplanted in Garcia, saving his life.
A week before, the horizons of these two young men were tinted with promise. Garcia was training to become a boxer with thoughts of a military career. Becker was a class clown who balanced his antics with perfect grades -- taking time off from college to figure things out.
Becker's gift altered the course of Garcia's life in ways neither would've never imagined just a week before the surgery.
"I can't be a fighter in the ring but I can be a fighter in different ways," Garcia said. "I can be a fighter for organ donation."
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