When doc­tors told Diane and Larry Kutcher that their son, Michael, had just 48 hours to live un­less he re­ceived a heart trans­plant, his 13-year-old twin brother, Ash­ton, wished “that he could give his own heart,” Michael tells Us. Thank­fully, an or­gan donor saved his life just in time. Al­most three decades later, with that same heart beat­ing in his chest, the pub­lic speaker and phi­lan­thropist hopes to in­spire more peo­ple to reg­is­ter as or­gan donors through his #BeTheGift cam­paign.

A LOT OF HEART The best part of get­ting the gift of a “sec­ond chance,” says Michael, has been rais­ing his own son, who’s 14. “When you don’t know what your life ex­pectancy is go­ing to be,” he says, “you start to make goals. You want to ac­com­plish as much as you can. One of the big­gest things for me was to share my legacy and have chil­dren.” And with brother Ash­ton also rais­ing a fam­ily (daugh­ter Wyatt, 4, and son Dim­itri, 2, with wife Mila Ku­nis), Michael says the twins re­main close. “My brother and his wife are amaz­ing par­ents,” he re­veals. “We live miles away and have very busy lives, but we stay con­nected. There’s times where we just pick up the phone and know that the other one needs to talk.”

In school, “Ash­ton was there to sup­port me, to maybe take on fights for me and to just pro­tect me,” says Michael, who has cere­bral palsy. “If it weren’t for my donor, my son wouldn’t be alive,”says Michael.

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