Stories Of Hope & Healing

Stories of Hope & Healing

Every life touched by donation and transplantation is a story of hope and healing. Together, these stories are a tapestry of lives interconnected. The story of every organ, eye or tissue donor is a story of their family. The story of every transplant recipient is the story of a donor. Often, the story of a donor family and the story of a recipient come together to create a new story of hope, healing and connection.

These are a few of the stories of the thousands of people whose lives were changed through organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation.

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Alex Zuniga

His wife battled donation myths to honor his decision to donate.

Alkesh Modi

His family’s faith created a lifesaving legacy.

Arturo Rubio

His wife honored his donation wish, saving four lives.

Autumn Toelle Jackson

She found healing in her baby’s life-giving donation.

Brenda Castro

A young mother, she donated her organs after a long illness.

Brent Hubley

He was one of the kindest men you could ever meet.

Bret Vogt

His organ recipient has been given new life and strives to feel worthy of the gifts.

Brody Wilson

Selfless in soccer and in life, as a high-schooler he saved lives through donation.

Carlos Murillo

Following his mother’s advice, he saved two lives through donation.

Charee Alexander

She had big plans for her life before giving life to six people.

Chad Pramuk

A father whose love for life still holds them all up.

Chris Baugher

A talented welder, he would give the shirt off his back to anyone.

Cord Pearce

He was a talented athlete who left a hero’s legacy.

Dale Lessen

He was a central Illinois farmer who started a lifesaving domino effect.

Daniel Runyan

His decision to donate helped his children find hope after loss.

Declin Ermer

In his final act of kindness, Declin saved and enhanced the lives of seven people as an organ & tissue donor.

Deveraux Hubbard II

His giving spirit lives on through his family’s decision to donate.

Domonique Smith

She spread love to all who encountered her.

Don August

He was a hall of fame coach who donated because it was the right thing to do.

Gordon Harris

After a heart transplant, he cherishes a second chance at life.

Ibrahim Haleem

He is a four-time liver recipient who says his faith supports donation.

Izaiah Francheschi

Teen’s lifesaving legacy lives through others.

Janiya Hines

She said, “When I grow up I want to be an organ donor, too.”

Jermaine Cullum

High school athlete’s legacy saved three lives and continues through prevention efforts.

Jillian Geuns Hege

A young dancer, her gift saved the lives of four people.

Jim McFarlin

He is a writer and wedding officiant who loves to talk about his transplant.

John Kachanuk

He’s a fire chief and athlete who says his tissue donors are the real heroes.

Jonathan Ho

He donated to serve, protect and save lives.

Karina Jaramillo

She didn’t want other children to suffer with JRA as she did.

Kimberly Johnson

She named her new kidney Faith after how she got through the wait for a transplant.

Kyle Zuleg

His tragic accident at 16 allowed five people to live healthier lives.

Laurie Lee

She donated her own kidney to honor the organ donor who saved her father’s life.

Lilliana Cantu

She was a toddler whose grieving mother chose donation.

Livi Sonetz

She was known as a force of nature and dedicated, giving teammate.

Luis Ortiz

His life feels limitless after a life-saving heart transplant.

Maddie Finch

She was a cheerleader whose family found hope in tissue donation.

Maddox LoPriore

He was an 8-Year-Old organ & tissue donor who gave new life to others.

Marcus Butler

He gave of himself in life as well as in death.

Marquita Britton

Her kidney transplant has made her passionate about donation.

Mia Lobo

Her giving spirit at 5-years-old lives on in organ donation.

Nickolaus Schultz

He was a police officer known for his heart of gold.

Pastor Joseph Kyles

A double lung transplant recipient, he talks about the treasures we all have to share.

Paul Cardall

A heart transplant saved his life. His music comforts people from around the world.

Rachel Dean

Rachel’s family knew she would want to be an organ and tissue donor as her final gift to others.

Rafael Bruno

His wishes to be an organ donor were known and honored by his fiancé.

Richard Gray

He was a loving father and husband who enjoyed life and made people happy.

Ryan Landers

He believed in giving second chances and his gifts helped 61 people.

Sean Wilbert

He offered life and hope to his brother through donation.

Shawna Hall

She chose donation for her wife because it was the
right thing to do.

Suzie Sturm

After her liver transplant, she found her life’s purpose.

Teneka Wyatt

Mother’s life of service lives on through donation.

Tiffany Mathis

Surgery using donor tissue helped young CEO live without pain.

Tony Gonzalez

A burn survivor, his recovery has been a journey of discovery.

Tommy Butts

A kidney donation would have been lifesaving, but police officer’s story continues to inspire others.

Xavier Bahena

He saved three lives as a two-year-old organ donor.

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