Posts by Cynthia Marcinek

Dr. Anant Bhati, Organ Donor

As an obstetrician/gynecologist in Cincinnati for over 40 years, our dad devoted his entire life to shepherding new life into this world. He was beloved by his patients; even 4 years after his passing, we received letters from strangers telling us stories about how he helped them at a time of profound difficulty. Our dad…

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Bethany Clack, Double Lung Recipient

In October 2013, Bethany visited her doctor for her yearly school check-up. With severely high blood pressure, Bethany was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. Up until then, she was a girl who loved life and was always smiling. She never enjoyed sports or physical education in school, but we assumed she was being a “typical teen”.…

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Mollie Pegram, Double Lung Recipient

It all started with a cough. A little dry hack now and then quickly turned into a major coughing fit with any activity at all. As an RN, I knew something was seriously wrong. It continued to worsen and after months of coughing and wheezing, I ended up in the ER because I was having…

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Connie Towles, Cornea Donor

On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, my Connie closed her eyes, took her last breath, and drifted o¬ff to perpetual peacefulness. After 27 months of chemotherapy, doctor visits, CT scans, biopsies, radiation, surgeries, emergency room visits, and pain medication, it had come to this. It was only after I whispered to her that the girls were…

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Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore, Tissue & Cornea Donor

Growing up Chamoda was a kind, loving and considerate young man who’s smile could light up a room. Around the age of 5, he started playing football and there was no stopping him. He was a natural. He played running back for his high school, Lakota East, until graduating in 2013. He truly shined on…

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David Waits, Heart Recipient

On December 14, 2014, I su­ffered a massive heart attack at my home. In an e­ ort to save my life, I had a quadruple bypass surgery. In critical condition and with a survival rate expectancy of 0-1%, it didn’t look good. Completely unaware of what was going on, I was transferred to University of…

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Lori Baker, Tissue Recipient

My love of softball began when I was young and remained through adulthood, where I continued to play until a devastating knee injury took me out of the game. During that fateful game, as I slid into home base, I felt a sharp pain in my right knee and immediately knew something was wrong. When…

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Julian H. Renfro, Heart Recipient

My family’s business, Renfro Funeral Services, has given me a lot perspective throughout my life. For years I’ve worked with grieving families who’ve been able to donate organs and tissue after the passing of a loved one. Little did I know that I would soon see this from a very different perspective. In 2008, I…

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