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Stories of Hope

"Life is a gift"

“It is a responsibility to fight for it,” says heart recipient José and his sister, Alejandra.

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On April 2, 2016 Erin and I met and built a one of a kind friendship after being turned down by one hospital to become her organ donor. So passionate about continuing to spread the word on donation and its importance we never let the idea of encouraging others to "be...

A heart transplant is a miracle

My name is Jose Calderon. At the age of 35, I was in the prime of my life. I had a beautiful family – my wife, my daughters (ages 14 and 11) and my son (age 3 at that time). I was running a brand new business and I was on top of my game. And this business was allowing...

Life is a gift

What motivated me to get involved and become a DonateLife Ambassador? Through UNOS’ intervention, my brother Jose was able to receive a heart transplant. In my community, there have been two organ recipients: one received a kidney and the other a liver transplant....

Philip Rostek of Pittsburgh, PA

When i was very sick i came to a place where i met incredible people who were so inspiring that i will never forget their kindnesses, their expertise, and the drama of just meeting and then knowing them. My background is in personal expression. I became a masterpiece...

Brayden Welhoefer of Stoughton, WI

My son Brayden, age 5 1/2, was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia when he was three months old. He was on the waiting list for a new liver for eight months. On April 29, 2008, when he was just over a year old, Brayden received his first transplant. Unfortunately, there...

Brendon Dix of Albuquerque, NM

Brendon’s journey to transplantation was a long journey, indeed, and it is not your “typical” kidney-liver candidate story. He has a rare genetic disorder called Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA), that affects his body’s ability to metabolize protein, and causes acid to...

Barbara Craycraft of Franklin, OH

At 25, I was a pregnant Type 1 Diabetic. I knew Diabetes would be an issue. The doctor immediately told me my Kidneys would not survive the pregnancy. My baby had an 8% chance of survival and I had a 16% chance. The day after Christmas the doctor called. I needed to...

Kim DeAngelo of Columbus, OH

September 14, 2011 is the day I refer to as “the day I got my smile back.” On that day, I underwent brain surgery to help alleviate symptoms of a Chiari Malformation, which occurs when the cerebellum (at the back part of the brain) slips from the skull and into the...

Jane Enright of Pickerington, OH

Boy did I think I had a pretty good life.I was married, had a nice house, a good job and two beautiful children, ages three and four. It was priceless. We took our children everywhere. Sunday drives were the best. One day I went to the doctor because my arms were...

Clare Dowling of Danville, CA

In April of 2010 I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease that could only be fixed by having an urgent double lung transplant. Earlier that same year I was a just a typical college student attending CSU Chico when I began to feel out of breath and exhausted from...

Heather Hazlett of Waxhaw, NC

My path in life took a bit of a twist when I was just 2 years old and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. As I grew up I never imagined I would find myself the way I am today. For my incredible miracles because of selfless donation I am forever grateful! In my junior year...

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