2016

Achberger, Froehle, Hood Family

Kidney disease, sadly, is something that happens all too often and in my particular case, it affected me, my mother and my two sisters. Four in one family is rare but indicative of how invasive polycystic kidney disease can be. First my mom, Therese Froehle, went into renal failure. She received a transplant in April…

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Connie Lawson, Cornea Recipient

As a clerk at a local license bureau, I ask the question on a daily basis, “Would you like to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor?”  I never thought that one day someone who said yes to that question would be changing my life in such a profound way. In 2013, I contracted…

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Billy Wolf, Tissue & Cornea Donor

On an early December morning in 2013, we received the tragic news that my brother Billy was dead.  In this moment of absolute despair, we learned that he was a registered organ donor and quickly made phone calls confirming permission for donation. By that afternoon, Billy’s selfless donation had deeply impacted the lives of over…

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Perry Hall, Kidney Recipient

I have suffered from kidney issues for most of my life. It started with a kidney infection when I was 17-months-old and had to spend several months at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on dialysis. After five major surgeries, my failing kidney came back to 85% function. My parents were told I would most likely…

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Nick Pollino, Organ, Tissue & Cornea Donor

In November 2013, my son, Nick, and I were traveling back to Cincinnati after spending Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh with his father’s family. It was the first time either of us had spent the holiday out of town in quite a while, and we both talked about how much we missed being at home and enjoying…

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Transplant Surgeons of UC Health and Their Patients

The life of a person waiting for an organ transplant is filled with a lot of questions, fear and uncertainty. What if I never get the call? What will life be like post-transplant? How will this affect my family? How long will I wait? It can be a difficult and dark time in a person’s…

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Symia and Lamyh Wilson, Liver Recipients

I’ve been a registered organ and tissue donor since I got my driver’s license. I never thought I would be in a position where my child would be in need of such a thing as a transplant, much less that two of my children would be affected in this way. Only two months after the…

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Donerik Black, Heart Recipient & Living Kidney Donor

I will never forget the night that my nurses and doctor walked into my hospital room and told me they found the heart I so desperately needed.  I spent 49 days in ICU dreaming of that moment, but there was no way to prepare for such overwhelming and life-saving news. The emotions that you go…

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Blake Adkins, Organ, Tissue, & Cornea Donor

My son, Blake, was a bright light for our family, his son and to everyone he encountered. He was sensitive and creative, sharing his gifts through his music, writing, and leadership abilities. Few people knew of the selfless and brave choice he made upon receiving his driver’s license to register as an organ and tissue…

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Mark Meyer, Liver Recipient

Every Thursday night for the last few years, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to play softball, a game I have always loved, with some of my best friends. It may not be in the field with the Cincinnati Reds like I dreamed as a kid, but I still smile at the fact…

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