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Stories of Hope

Stories of hope

True resilience

Latasha Traynham's 2019 double lung transplant restored her to an active life. Her family and transplant team gifted her with encouraging messages on a lung pillow. And Resilience, an art exhibit at the Gallery at UNOS, was put in motion by her daughter to honor her strength and perseverance.

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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...

Dinorah Arambula of Las Vegas, NV

Life wasn’t easy before my kidney transplant, treatments were painful and tedious sometimes. Years ago, I was diagnosed with kidney disease, due to high blood pressure. At that time didn’t understood exactly what was going on until I was referred to a specialist, and...

Jhett Skaggs of Lexington, OK

My son was 10 months old when he received a heart transplant. It could not have come at a better time... he was dying. His heart was on the verge of giving up because he had unknowingly suffered with his heart condition since birth. He was placed on a device that...

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