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Stories of Hope

Inspirational stories from transplant recipients and living donors.
  • I was very young when I found out I was having problems with my kidney. At the time I didn't really understand what was going on, I just knew something wasn't right and I had to go see a couple of

  • At the age of 5, I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on the flat bone above my right eye. I had surgery to remove the tumor and began chemotherapy. After 3 years, my cancer returned at the age of 9 and

  • Sister Saves Brother’s Life As told by Dawna Goode I never really considered organ donation until the need hit my immediate family. Organ donation seemed taboo to me, and I feel like it is to a lot of minorities. I

  • After son’s sudden death, local mother advocates for organ donation A local mother is passionate about advocating for people to become organ donors. Markita Lewis opted to donate her son’s organs after he suffered a fatal asthma attack and went into cardiac

  • “A hero of mine is a 21-year-old girl who was willing to share her gift of life with me. A young girl whose name I do not know has allowed me to regain most of my strength. My family and

  • Living near a hospital in his native country of Burma, Pastor “Jum” Maw San Awng remembers health professionals venturing into the streets to ask for blood donations for patients undergoing surgery and treatment inside the hospital. As someone with a

  • Australian Saved by United States Tissue Bank Turia Pitt, an elite athlete, acclaimed speaker, author, mining engineer and former model recently visited Gift of Life Donor Program. Her visit was a remarkable triumph – one of many since Turia suffered burns

  • Yvette was diagnosed in 2001 with primary sclerosing cholangitis, this liver disease eventually put her on the transplant waiting list for over six years. While she waited, Yvette started volunteering in several organizations and enjoyed the work of educating her