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  • Stories of Hope
    became concerned and urged him to have a physical exam before continuing with those medications Willie visited his doctor on July 4 2003 and an exam revealed that both of his kidneys were failing as a result of side effects from the anti inflammatory drugs Willie immediately began home kidney dialysis and continued this for more than a year He then received dialysis in the hospital for the next three years and was eventually placed on a transplant list Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story Willie waited 13 months and on November 13 2006 he received the news that there was a potential match for him in Toledo Doctors fought valiantly to save Roxanne a young woman who had suffered a brain aneurysm but when those efforts failed her family chose to donate her organs She and Willie were a match A staunch advocate for donation Willie says You re giving someone a second chance It s a generous gift and it s the best thing in the world READ STORIES FROM OTHER RECIPIENTS and that

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    not only brothers but best friends and identical twins The boys were inseparable and enjoyed the same activities but especially being outside Their mother described them as energetic loving nine year olds Sunday October 10 1999 began as any typical day for Alex s family Alex Troy and their cousin were playing outside at their Grandma s house Alex and his cousin were riding a four wheeler when it was struck by a car The boys were rushed to the emergency room but Alex never regained consciousness and was declared brain dead a few days after the accident Together Alex s family decided to donate his organs Because of their selfless decision Alex went on to improve the lives of five people Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story We miss him terribly said Julie Alex s mother But we find comfort in knowing Alex gave life to others and they continue to live a full life because of him READ STORIES FROM OTHER RECIPIENTS These are the moments that bring us joy and they are all

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  • Tell Your Story
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    Wonn s Story I never take the gift of having my sight restored for granted Wonn cornea recipient In 2003 Wonn began to notice problems with her eyesight She had started to experience blurred vision sensitivity to light and difficulty driving at night After a trip to her ophthalmologist she learned of her diagnosis Keratoconus the thinning of the cornea that can cause distorted and reduced vision She was placed on an eye treatment regimen which proved to be unsuccessful and left Wonn with only 10 percent of her vision remaining in her left eye I literally struggled just to be able to sign my name or read the newspaper but more importantly to see the faces of my three beautiful children says Wonn Many days my vision was so poor when I looked at my children all I could see was a huge blur I never told them of my inability to see their faces I would take my hands caress their faces and remind myself that I would soon be able to see their smiles again Wonn was eligible for and received her first cornea transplant that year The transplant surgery took place at Hillcrest Hospital and was a same day outpatient procedure Wonn left the hospital that day and was able to see clearly within 24 hours Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story In 2006 the transplant began to reject and Wonn was able to receive a second successful transplant again at Hillcrest Hospital Each day is truly special and I never take the gift of having my sight restored for granted says Wonn I thank God for my doctor both donors and

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    been given Afatamah liver recipient Afatamah had always been in good health never showing signs of any serious illness So she was shocked to learn the itching on her hands and feet was caused by an autoimmune disease that had severely damaged her liver I was listed for a liver transplant in September 2001 I was familiar with the concept but didn t know many details about transplantation says Afatamah When the call came just one month later to tell me that a liver was available it was surreal I was speechless it all happened so quickly Following the transplant Afatamah felt an immediate renewed energy and has written to her donor family to express her gratitude for the gifts she was given most importantly the gift of watching her family grow Since her transplant she has seen the birth of 10 great grandchildren and celebrated eleven more anniversaries with her husband Shaka Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story I am so grateful to my donor I want to live my life to make him or

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  • Stories of Hope
    heart attacks Anthony recalls that with each heart attack a strange sensation overcame him and he would fall to the ground feeling like he d been kicked in the chest Doctors installed a defibrillator to help Anthony stay alive Anthony s heart was so weak that on May 14 2010 he was placed on the transplant list The following day he suffered 15 heart attacks Anthony says the feeling of those heart attacks on that day was indescribable I made it to the bedroom and found my Bible says Anthony I was praying as my family called 911 All I could do was pray After being stabilized at the hospital Anthony knew his only hope for survival was a transplant On May 22 2010 Anthony s prayers were answered and he received the call that a heart had become available I underwent the transplant and immediately felt 200 percent better says Anthony I couldn t believe how incredible I felt because of this heart Because of my donor As soon as Anthony was able to regain his strength he became an active part of his family again helping to cook clean and partake in family hobbies I am so thankful for my transplant says Anthony I ve written to my donor s family to say thank you I said thank you for their generosity for the chance to live my life see my four grandsons grow up and enjoy life s simple pleasures I hope to meet them some day to thank them in person Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story Until then Anthony continues to share his story and offer support to others with heart

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    able to manage the disease and remain otherwise healthy However by the time Chris reached his early thirties his health began to decline In a two and a half year period Chris developed pneumonia seven times and discovered Sarcoidosis had entered his lungs With just 36 percent lung capacity Chris went to the Cleveland Clinic in December 2005 where doctors told him he was a candidate for a double lung transplant Chris condition was so severe he was given oxygen 24 hours a day and was placed high on the transplant list Chris had to quit his job but kept himself busy doing light exercises and staying at home to watch his daughters Chris and his family received a call from the Cleveland Clinic on February 16 2009 informing them of a match three years after Chris was placed on the transplant list Taken aback by the call and overwrought with emotion Chris was not able to say what he always planned to say to the transplant coordinator Chris needed two surgeries because doctors found a blood clot on the first pair of lungs he received His second surgery was successful and the transplant doctors later told Chris that his lungs were the worst they had ever seen Doctors said Chris lungs were in such terrible shape had he not received the surgery he would have only had two more months to live Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story After receiving his transplant Chris felt a renewed sense of energy and was walking talking and breathing on his own again I was alive and functioning thanks to my donor and hero who gave me a gift

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    her thirties Doctors tried to treat my condition with diet and medication but as a young professional trying to pursue a Ph D and balance my family life I began to suffer says Deyra I always felt tired and my lack of energy became a way of life I started to think that it was my new normal Deyra struggled to meet the demands of everyday life and keep up with her son Angel What troubled her most was that she couldn t actively participate in her son s life like other moms In the fall of 2001 Deyra was listed for a kidney and pancreas transplant With her family and doctor s support Deyra remained hopeful that a quick transplant would come One of Deyra s biggest supporters was her husband s grandfather Papa Chago The family and Deyra especially were devastated when he passed away in April 2002 Just one day after his funeral Deyra and her family received news that a kidney and pancreas had become available We joke that Papa Chago made it happen that as soon as he got to go to heaven he found a match for me says Deyra I do know he was looking down on me smiling knowing that my life would go on because of this amazing gift Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story Immediately following her surgery Deyra felt better than she had in years and today is no longer diabetic or in need of insulin She was able to finish her doctor of philosophy degree in molecular genetics and is currently an editor for scientific journals Most importantly Deyra says the transplant gave her

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