Stephen Lega
Darrel Ballard of Loretto received a heart transplant in February. On Sunday, Ballard’s family met the family of his donor, David John Burton. Pictured, from left, are Bethany Ballard, Stacy Ballard, Autumn Ballard, Darrel Ballard holding Charlie, Sherry Everman (Burton’s significant other), Anna Everman, Samantha Everman and Michaella Everman. Anna is holding her father’s ashes.
The heart does go on

In February of this year, the lives of two families changed forever in dramatically different ways.

David John Burton, 47, of Versailles died Feb. 1 as a result of a brain aneurism, and on Feb. 3, Darrel Ballard, 36, of Loretto got a chance to keep living when he received Burton’s heart.