Judy Marquardt-Regnier of Pioneer, CA

I am a Registered Nurse, and contracted Hepatitis C while working in ICU in the 1980's, completely without knowing about it. Hep C wasn't even discovered until the early 90s, and I was diagnosed in 1996, and was totally shocked when I was told by the hepatologist that my liver was so destroyed that I needed to have a transplant! I was sick, but I kept working (by then a desk job) one more year until I was too sick to work. I was on the wait list for two years before I received my life-saving liver transplant. What an awesome 15 years of life I have had since then! I have watched my grandchildren grow, started a business with my watercolor paintings, and become a volunteer advocate for Donate Life with the DMV! My donor family wishes to remain anonymous, although I have written many letters of overwhelming gratitude. He was a 33 year old man from Arizona, and I have told them I cannot imagine the courage and generosity they experienced to donate their loved one's organs. I'm sure they saved other lives as well. Our donors are just awesomely brave people who give in love. Bless you all donors!

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