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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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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...

Kathi Clapham of West Chester, PA

I was born with Cystic Fibrosis. I became pregnant with twins in 2003. However, I became very sick with the twin pregnancy. My babies, Paul and Sarah had to be delivered at 26 weeks to save all 3 of our lives. They weighed less than 2 pounds each at birth. After their...

Merle Zuel of Bonner Springs, KS

Despite having an implanted pacemaker/defibrillator my health was still bad and I began experiencing more lethargy and more ventricular tachycardia, as I became weaker and weaker. It was determined by the heart failure team that a valve replacement would be my best...

Jamie Warren of Blackfoot, ID

"I shut the door so I can be alone . . . although I am never alone. I have a constant companion that is my source of life. I stand in front of the mirror and see me the way everyone else does; a very sick young woman. I see the oxygen tubing which I hate but I am...

Jill Thorne of Rescue, CA

I received a heart transplant 22 years ago. I was born with a heart defect and after a couple of heart surgeries-the surgeons just decided to replace it :) I was 17 when I received the transplant. Since then I have gone on to graduate highschool, obtain a...

Don Salamone of Fountain Hills, AZ

I would like to share my story for all of you out there who think life is over when you have been told you need a heart transplant or any transplant for that matter. I have been a hardcore competitive runner all my life and have taken excellent care of myself my whole...

Mary Magee-Huth of Channahon, IL

At age 11 I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, often called juvenile onset diabetes at the time. I was drinking water constantly and losing weight off my already small frame. When the teacher had had it with me asking to go to the bathroom several times each day she...

Alice Bach of West Chester, PA

My mom and I have always had a special relationship. We share the same smile, sense of humor, and nowadays, we share the same liver. On November 27, 2012, my mom’s 19-year battle against two liver diseases finally came to an end, when she received a portion of my...

Simon Keith of Las Vegas, NV

Simon Keith holds the distinction of being the first athlete in the world to play a professional sport after undergoing a heart transplant. Keith was just 21 when, in July of 1986, he received the heart of a 17 year-old boy from Wales, who ironically died while...

Jim Gleason of Beverly, NJ

Eighteen years ago, Oct 19, 1994, Roberto died, but his heart lived on, replacing the failing heart of a dying man in Philadelphia with his young athletic one. Every day that donor is honored with this life that returned to work just a few months after the transplant,...

Gaylene Grossen of Portland, OR

Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis is the disease which required me to have a kidney transplant. It took me a long time to memorize the name! My disease was diagnosed in February of 1993 and it took until 2009 for me to need to be put onto the transplant waiting...

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