Stories of Hope
Three lives saved
All three of her children needed and received heart transplants. Sara knows it took a village to save her children and will spend her life advocating for organ donation so others can have the same chance. Read their story.
Without my transplant and donor, I wouldn’t be here to write this, and I would have died living a lie. This month will be the first Pride Month I get to openly celebrate and enjoy.
I would not be alive today if it weren’t for the selfless act of another human making the decision to donate organs.
Each day, I think about my angel donor and family. I am alive because they made a decision in their time of unbearable grief.
My goal is to share my story with others to get more people to register as donors and also help boost the morale of those on the waiting list for transplant.
A pre-deployment workup with my platoon was when I first learned I had kidney function issues.
What you don’t hear about as frequently are the challenges that come as a recipient – and for me, I struggle with survivor’s guilt.
I named my kidney Grace because, God was the only one who could heal me and his love for me made me think of Grace.
I’m a life-long organ donation advocate because of stories I heard at a college SODA event.
A little over a year after my transplant, I felt like I finally had something more than the words “thank you” to convey, so I wrote and mailed the donor’s family a letter with my condolences and gratitude.
Dr. Gadson made an intentional decision to go public with his kidney story because he wanted to help other people who have kidney disease and other debilitating illnesses.
From where I felt months ago to how I feel today is a 100% turn around.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think of the person who unselfishly made the decision to be an organ donor.