When Jacob Lenzini's dad died suddenly two years ago, it felt, to the teenager, like the end of hope.
The Park Ridge man, Chris Lenzini, had a stroke, and within a few days was declared brain-dead, the result of a previously undiscovered brain tumor.
Jacob never thought anything positive could come from the tragedy — until he met the man who got his father's heart, a Wisconsin farmer with grandkids. In all, six of Chris Lenzini's organs went to others in need.
"Obviously, nothing can make up for the fact that I lost my dad, but … knowing their lives have been saved made a huge difference," said Jacob, now 16. "It really is one of the greatest things my dad...