Stories of Hope

Inspirational stories open up pathways for connection, hope, love and second chances. These stories feature individuals in our community who have been impacted by donation and transplantation, and who have been highlighted in our annual LifeCenter Calendar, bring to life the ways in which people support each other, especially through challenging times and turn their stories into hope.
  • All
  • Donation Champions
  • Donor Families
  • Living Donors
  • Organ Recipients
  • Tissue and Cornea Recipients
  • Waiting
January 2024 LifeCenter Calendar Story of Hope
Donation Champions

January 2024: Renee Mahaffey Harris. Featured in 2023 Calendar.

Being a registered organ donor means you may one day save or improve someone’s life. It is truly a gift to the community, and I …

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December 2023 LifeCenter Calendar Story of Hope
Tissue and Cornea Recipients

December: Jesiah Brock. Featured in 2023 Calendar.

When I was 18 months old, I was involved in a horrible accident that left me burned over a great area of my body. I …

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November 2023 LifeCenter Calendar Story of Hope
Donation Champions

November: Rev. Damon Lynch Jr. Featured in 2023 Calendar.

As a longtime member of the UC Health Board, I became involved in LifeCenter as a part of my board responsibility. For ten or fifteen …

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October 2023 LifeCenter Calendar Story of Hope
Organ Recipients

October: Kenneth Parker. Featured in 2023 Calendar.

I do not wish on anyone the despair and hopelessness a person can feel who needs an organ transplant to live. The circumstances surrounding my …

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September 2023 LifeCenter Calendar Story of Hope
Organ Recipients

September: Steven Dragon. Featured in 2023 Calendar.

I received a heart transplant almost five years ago. I was a healthy 47-year-old husband and father of three children, spending my days working and …

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August 2023 LifeCenter Calendar Story of Hope
Donor Families

August: Kelly Gunnels-Valines. Featured in 2023 Calendar.

My brother, Reco Gunnels Sr., was an amazing advocate for others, his children, his family, his friends, and the community. My beloved brother was taken …

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