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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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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...

Kennedy Carter of Mayville, MI

Diagnosed with stage 4 kidney failure secondary to vasculitis. Had dialysis for 18 months then a deceased donor transplant on 10/04/2010. I am 18, a college student, a cheerleader and a transplant recipient. Here's a video I made about my journey, and about becoming a...

Karen Brooks of Seminole, FL

It has always been just me and my Sister. We were both young teens when Dad was diagnosed with PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease). We knew he was sick, and that the disease was hereditary. Since it was just the two of us we made a pact that if one Sister became ill the...

Brian Anderson of Lakewood, CO

In 2008 my kidneys started to fail. By early 2009 I was on dialysis. Unable to work and tethered to the house and dialysis center, my life felt as though it came to a screeching halt. In 2010 a angel donated her kidney to me and I have not only my life back, but my...

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