2015

Taylor Dumas, Tissue Donor

February 11th, 2011, I will forever remember as the day I lost my little brother, Taylor. The morning of Taylor’s death I didn’t say good bye. That afternoon, he went to play basketball at a local recreation center. Soon after, my mom told me that Taylor had passed out while playing basketball.  A few hours…

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Lindsey Sendelbach, Tissue Donor

July 13, 2005 will forever be a day of both joy and loss. On this day, we celebrate our granddaughter’s birthday, while mourning the death of our youngest daughter, Lindsey, who was taken in a car accident. As you can imagine, this date has been a bittersweet moment for all of us, as we try…

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Keegan Southers, Awaited a Heart Transplan

The moment that our son, Keegan was born he illuminated such a strong spirit. He was like any other little boy who loved his family, enjoyed playing with his twin brother Wyatt and his big sister, Fiona. While his medical issues did not define who he was as a person, they undoubtedly had an effect…

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Landon Steele, Tissue Donor

Landon lived a very positive and simplistic life.  He didn’t sweat the small stuff. It was very difficult to be in a bad mood in his presence.  Landon’s great sense of humor, and contagious smile were very difficult to resist. He always greeted you with a firm handshake or heart felt hug. He played an integral part in helping our family maintain its…

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Tiana Bane, Cornea Transplant Recipient

In June of 2013, my daughter Tiana got a scratch on her eye. This seemingly small scratch led to an infection that started deteriorating her corneal tissue quickly. From our trip to the emergency room, the hospital immediately admitted her for treatment. She began receiving drops every hour around the clock for what would turn…

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Daivon Jones, Kidney Recipient

My son, Daivon, was diagnosed with renal dysplasia at the age of 7. After years of doctor’s visits, surgeries and much pain, we found out when he was only 14 years old that he would eventually need a kidney transplant. I will forever remember this moment because it was right before Mother’s Day, and as…

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Trinity Lazo, Heart Transplant Recipient

From the moment Trinity arrived in this world, she could effortlessly melt anyone’s heart. Born with a fighter spirit, Trinity has overcome many obstacles. The week of her third birthday would be Trinity’s last weekend at our home in North Carolina. What started as a great week with a healthy child suddenly turned near-fatal as…

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Sally Monahan, Tissue Donor

As a family, we have discussed organ and tissue donation a number of times over the years.  Everyone in our family is a registered donor via our driver’s license. Little did we expect that one day this choice would touch us all so personally. My wife Sally was known to all as a giving person. …

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Douglas Stephens, Liver Transplant Recipient

On my desk I have a sign that says, “There are two ways to live life….one as though nothing is a miracle, and the other as though everything is!” Not always in the middle of situations am I able to see life as miraculous, but upon reflection there is no doubt. The transplant process has…

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