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Kathy Ritvo gets chance of a lifetime

Updated: May 6, 2011, 2:14 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- On the worst nights, Kathy Ritvo would lie in bed and cry while her family rubbed her back.

Her feet and legs ached. She'd been coughing constantly for 18 months, to the point that normal conversation was a labor. Her heart was quitting. Her will was weakening.

On those haunting nights in 2008, she didn't want to fall asleep. She feared that she would never wake up.

People would ask, 'How are you doing?' I didn't know how ...

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