2012

Jovante Woods, Organ and Tissue Donor

On August 14, 2010, we lost our son Jovante. That loss inspired us to become champions for asthma education in our community and to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. While one in 10 Americans suffers from asthma, we were not aware of how dangerous the condition could be. The mortality…

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David L. Brantley II, Organ Donor

Although born with cerebral palsy, our son David defied the odds and became a remarkable son, brother, friend, and community member. You might say that David never considered any task too big to accomplish. He believed in himself and lived life to the fullest. David loved to attend summer camp at Stepping Stones and Cincinnati…

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Max Livingston, Kidney Transplant Recipient

To be honest, I had never been totally convinced to register as an organ and tissue donor. Then, having a child that needed a kidney transplant, I took that step and became a registered donor. What an honor to be able to save someone else’s life. To know that I saved my son’s life by…

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Loretta Davis, Liver Transplant Recipient

On April 9, 2009, I became very ill. Not knowing what was wrong, I went to the doctor and received news that I was very sick. My family was told that 90 percent of my liver was damaged and that I had two days to live. While still in the hospital a month later, a…

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Ellie Sand, Organ Donor

“There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” Ellie’s greatest gift was giving. She gave of her time, talents, and treasures whenever she could. On October 27, 2007, Ellie was once again able to give through organ and tissue donation. We, her parents, made the decision to say “yes” to donation, knowing without a…

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Keith Glassmeyer, Organ Donor

On Tuesday, October 5, 2010, my husband Keith died doing what he loved – operating his backhoe, digging out the pond. Keith enjoyed physical activity, working with his hands and getting the job done.  There was no need to call any repairman, landscaper, mechanic, plumber, electrician, or carpenter because Keith could do it. He was…

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Mya Lacey Kendrick, Heart Transplant Recipient

On May 25, 2010, our daughter Mya received the greatest gift of all—the gift of a new heart.  Prior to Mya’s struggles, we had never given much thought to organ and tissue donation. Sure, we said “yes” when obtaining a driver’s license, but we never imagined that donation would directly affect our family.  That changed…

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Milosh Kalapasev, Heart Transplant Recipient

Our son Milosh was born with a rare genetic disorder called Barth Syndrome, a metabolic condition that causes cardiomyopathy, neutropenia, muscle weakness, and delayed growth. Though Milosh suffered from heart failure at birth and was added to the heart transplant list, within a couple of months his heart function improved enough to move him to…

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David Douglas, Tissue Donor

My journey with LifeCenter began in 1995 when I was employed at NAPA Auto Parts. My co-worker, Jerry Dailey, received a kidney in 1975 and always expressed his gratitude to the donor who extended his life. After Jerry’s passing, I became a volunteer for LifeCenter. Donation was something I talked about with my children. My…

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Barbara Workman, Tissue Donor

My mother’s name was Barbara Workman, and Mom was the center of our entire family. She was the one to organize family get-togethers with our aunts, uncles, and cousins, and she was the one who never had a bad thing to say to or about anyone. Everyone adored my mom. She was a very sick…

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