Alex Joynt of New Cumberland was born a healthy baby boy. At two months old he became ill, and doctors discovered he had developed a heart defect.
At first, doctors tired to treat him with medicine, but it did not work. His parents were told they would have to put their son on the transplant list.
"The doctor said, 'I cannot believe he is in your arms right now.' They never really gave us a time frame. They just said we had to get on the list right away, so things were bad," said Tracy Joynt, Alex's mother.
Alex was on the waiting list for four months when his parents got the call that a heart was available. They took a flight to Pittsburgh to have the transplant done. Alex was 6 months old.
"That whole time in that plane I am holding him and I am happy, but all I could think about was the other family and what they were going through. It was really mixed emotions," Joynt said.
"We realized that somebody had to die to make sure our son could live," said Jim Joynt, Alex's father.
The family recently started The 2nd Chance Foundation to help raise awareness about organ donation.
"We started it to give back to Gift of Life and give back to organ donation because that is why I am alive," Alex Joynt said.
To celebrate 21 years of life and raise awareness about organ donation, Alex is going to throw out the first pitch at the Harrisburg Senators game Wednesday night.
"It has been awhile since I have thrown a baseball. We will see how it goes," Alex said.
It only takes 30 seconds to register to be a donor. Learn more at donors1.org.