He lost his daughter 5 months ago. On Father's Day, he heard her heart beat.

This year was an unforgettable, heart-wrenching Father's Day for Bill Conner.

About five months ago, the Wisconsin dad lost his daughter, Abbey, while they were on vacation together in Florida, CBS News reported. The 20-year-old's body was found at the bottom of a resort pool, and tragically, doctors were unable to resuscitate her.


In her death, however, Abbey became a life-saver.

As an organ donor, several of Abbey's organs were given to people desperately in need, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. One of those people, 21-year-old Loumonth Jack Jr., of Louisiana, received Abbey's heart. In January, Jack had been given just days to live after his own heart began failing. Abbey's heart saved his life.

In May, Conner began a 2,600-mile cross-country bike trek to hear his late daughter's heart beating in the man whose life she saved.

It was a moment — caught on video on Fathers' Day — that neither of them will ever forget.

Organ donation may be a tough subject to think about — but it's a truly selfless act that has the potential to save lives.

At any given moment, there are roughly 120,000 people on the national transplant waiting list, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And each day, about 22 people on that list die because they didn't receive a transplant in time. That's a figure we don't have to accept.

"Knowing he's alive because of Abbey, Abbey is alive inside of him — it's her heart having him stand up straight," Conner told CBS News. "I was happy for him and his family, and at the same time, I got to reunite with my daughter."

Learn more about how you can become an organ donor.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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The letter is beautiful because it's written by a man who may not be with the times, but his heart is in the right place.

It first appeared on the Facebook page FCKH8 and a representative told Gawker that the letter was given to them by Chad, the 16-year-old boy referenced in the letter.

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."