2019

Renee Paige and Sarah Green-Moore, Kidney Recipients

Dear Donor Family, I found this letter to be difficult to write. Not because I’m not thankful but because I wanted to find the right words to express my deepest sympathies to a family that lost a loved one, just knowing a part of them still lives in me. I would like to tell you…

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Pete Mosher, Passed While Waiting and Tissue Donor

Dear Recipient, I remember the first time I thought of you; I was treating a patient in the hospital who had just had back surgery. One of their family members asked about the specifics of the surgery, and the patient described how they had received donated bone to fuse the bones in their back and…

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Glenn Kindell, Double Lung Recipient

All I can say is thank you. While a lung transplant is a major operation that can involve many complications, it improved my health and quality of life. Thank you for another chance to be able to breathe again, to be a husband to my loving wife, a father to my children and grandfather to…

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Bob McCorkle, Waiting for Kidney Transplant

To my future donor, I have Polycistic Kidney Disease which is hereditary and several of my family members have passed away from it. I have been on peritoneal dialysis since March 2015, and every night for the last three years I pray for the phone call from the hospital to tell me they’ve found a…

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Ricky Wieland, Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor

Dear Claude, Thank you for your recent letter – we appreciate you taking the time to acknowledge Richard’s generous gift as an organ donor. We hope this letter finds you recovering well and enjoying life once again. It gives us strength knowing his heart continues to beat and is providing you with the joy of…

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Laura Mooney and Marty Hudson, Living Donation Coordinators

We have the most amazing jobs! As Living Donor Coordinators at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, we receive phone calls and emails from the most courageous and genuine individuals willing to donate a kidney or a segment of their liver to a child. Some of these donor candidates have a direct relationship with the recipient,…

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Darby Bolyard, Kidney and Liver Recipient

Hello, My name is Darby, and I am 15 years old. Although you don’t know me, we share a connection that can never be broken. I used to be a very sick little girl. My last 4 years had been spent in and out of the hospital treating a variety of liver infections. Because I…

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Wyatt Mills, Cornea Recipient

Dear Donor Family, My sweet little boy received a precious gift from your loved one, sight. I know there are no words that can truly express our feelings for your family. I want you to know that your loved one and your family are in our thoughts and prayers every day. One person can make…

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Steve Roberto, Liver Recipient

Dear family of my donor, My name is Steve and I am 56 years old. As you grieve your loved one I want to let you know how thankful I am for the precious gift of life I have received. I don’t know if my gratitude can help your healing, but I want you to…

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Angela Easton, Living Kidney Donor

An open letter to the man living with my kidney- I knew right away, the day I saw the Facebook post, that I could be a kidney donor-your kidney donor. It would be a while before I convinced my family that my decision was rational though. Who gives their kidney to a stranger? I moved…

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