I waited in hospital three months and received my heart transplant from a young boy named Matthew. His mother chose to give the gift of life to myself and many others. July 6, 1996 is my rebirth-day.
This journey has been a rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows, and plenty of ups and downs. I am forever grateful to the donor family that selflessly gave my baby girl the gift of life.
I underwent kidney transplant and was given a second chance at life. I am immensely grateful to this hero I never knew that saved my life.
I have been sharing my story through UNOS, and I hope to tell the world. Please become an organ donor, and know there is life after Transplant. Any life you want.
I feel very blessed to be here today, fully understanding that someone had to pass away for me to have the chance I have; and to those donors and families I am forever grateful.
My son was the graduate, but I received the perfect graduation gift.