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Within a year, Trevin needed a transplant — just as Matthew’s health spiraled out of control.
"We didn’t really know the extent to what it was in our family until after. We didn’t know how it affected siblings and how many siblings would be affected. You know, we just didn’t know any of that," Kremis said, brushing away tears.
Donor hearts don’t last forever, but doctors haven’t given the trio a life expectancy. The Kremises prefer to focus on the future.
Matthew, now a high school senior, will study auto mechanics at a trade school next year. Trevin skateboards and has a passion for rebuilding electronics and repairing motorbikes. And the boys love dirt-biking with their father and older brother — a hobby their doctors don’t like, but haven’t forbidden.
"How many people can say that they’ve been through what I’ve been through and go ride dirt bikes for fun? There’s not a lot of people like me and my family," said Matthew Kremis.
"It’s really part of what makes my family so awesome. All we really have is each other."
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