Tom was a wonderful person who always made you smile. He loved to write poetry, and we are so thankful he left us with books full of his writings. He also loved music and to be outdoors. Tom was so very much loved by his family, because he had such a big heart and a…

We want to first say thank you to the donors and donor families who saved my children’s lives. In the past year, both my son Zion and my daughter Zhania have received heart transplants that saved their lives. In each case, we found out that a heart was available for them just in time. Experiencing…

Brenda was just 38 years old when she left us suddenly and very unexpectedly. Two months prior, she left instructions as to what she wanted if she were to leave this life. We believed this would be something many years away, but we were wrong. She had just gone back to school at Thomas More…

Dear Tiffani, At the young age of 21 months old you were cursed with diabetes, and you were challenged your entire life with a disease you just couldn’t get a handle on, no matter how you tried and how many times we visited the hospitals and doctors looking for answers. Through the years, somehow you…

I was born on the 4th of July in 1997. When I was 14 months old, I had bacterial meningitis and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). As a result of the meningitis I lost my hearing, and the HUS damaged my kidneys. After being on dialysis at home for months, my kidney function improved. I also…

I was one of the very fortunate ones who spent a very short five months on dialysis before receiving the gift of life through a kidney transplant. Each trip to the dialysis center was a constant reminder of what my future held, as I sat with others who were much sicker than I was.  I…

Jonathan Robert Voorhees is a fun loving, spirited three year-old little boy who has been through many challenges in his short life. At only eight weeks old, Jonathan was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia. Despite a major surgery to try and save his liver, Jonathan’s health began to deteriorate quickly, and…

I can still remember the conversation when my second son, Kevin, got his temporary driver’s permit.  He asked what my feelings were about him becoming an organ donor. It was the first time that the subject had ever come up, and I did not want to talk about it. Kevin persisted, saying that he needed…

I am thankful for so many people— My donor family, Dr. Douglas Hanto, the University Hospital transplant team and LifeCenter—for the gift of life I received January 24, 1998. At the time of my liver transplant, I was 50 years-old and my wife Nancy was 44, and it gave us more precious time together along…

At the age of 25, I experienced my first herniated disc along with the first of four surgeries on my vertebrae. For my first two surgeries in 1991 and 2001, the doctors removed a piece of bone from my hip to fuse the vertebrae. These procedures were extremely painful, and the recovery time was several…