Voices of Donation

Voices of Donation


The generous gift of tissue donation can dramatically improve quality of life for recipients. Click below for stories of how tissue donation and transplantation have touched the lives of others.


Morgan Daly

For donor mother Shannon Daly, her son Morgan’s st...
For donor mother Shannon Daly, her son Morgan’s story is an everlasting one. Alt...
For donor mother Shannon Daly, her son Morgan’s story is an everlasting one. Although Morgan passed away tragically at the age of 20, he wanted to help others through donation and signed up to become ...
For donor mother Shannon Daly,...
For donor mother Shannon Daly, her son Morgan’s story is an everlasting one. Alt...
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Bradley Michael Chavez

A MOTHER’S TRIBUTEAccording to Maggie Holzhauer he...
A MOTHER’S TRIBUTEAccording to Maggie Holzhauer her son Bradley was full of life...
A MOTHER’S TRIBUTEAccording to Maggie Holzhauer her son Bradley was full of life. “He was full of smiles and had a lot of fight in him. He was never a quitter, always stuck up for the underdog and wou...
A MOTHER’S TRIBUTEAccording to...
A MOTHER’S TRIBUTEAccording to Maggie Holzhauer her son Bradley was full of life...
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Abbey Conner

Abigail “Abbey” Mae Conner, a 20-year-old student ...
Abigail “Abbey” Mae Conner, a 20-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin...
Abigail “Abbey” Mae Conner, a 20-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, passed away tragically from a pool accident.Bill Conner, Abbey’s father, described his daughter as a handfu...
Abigail “Abbey” Mae Conner, a ...
Abigail “Abbey” Mae Conner, a 20-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin...
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James Cantwell

Husband. Soulmate. Best friend. These are titles T...
Husband. Soulmate. Best friend. These are titles Terrie Cantwell gave to her hus...
Husband. Soulmate. Best friend. These are titles Terrie Cantwell gave to her husband, James Cantwell, who passed away at the age of 61 due to an enlarged heart that was three times its normal size. Te...
Husband. Soulmate. Best friend...
Husband. Soulmate. Best friend. These are titles Terrie Cantwell gave to her hus...
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Kathleen Southard

Kathleen Southard was a very caring educator, alwa...
Kathleen Southard was a very caring educator, always wanting to help others in n...
Kathleen Southard was a very caring educator, always wanting to help others in need with a deep love for education. She passed away from a sudden heart attack at the age of 60. “Kathleen worked in edu...
Kathleen Southard was a very c...
Kathleen Southard was a very caring educator, always wanting to help others in n...
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Rebecca Perry

Rebecca Leeann Perry, a 22-year-old senior nursing...
Rebecca Leeann Perry, a 22-year-old senior nursing student at the University of ...
Rebecca Leeann Perry, a 22-year-old senior nursing student at the University of North Florida, was struck by a car when crossing the eastbound lane on her way to work early one morning.“She was a spec...
Rebecca Leeann Perry, a 22-yea...
Rebecca Leeann Perry, a 22-year-old senior nursing student at the University of ...
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Robert Toledo

Godzilla. Dr. Who. Comic Books. These were a few o...
Godzilla. Dr. Who. Comic Books. These were a few of Robert (Rob) Toledo II’s fav...
Godzilla. Dr. Who. Comic Books. These were a few of Robert (Rob) Toledo II’s favorite things. Toledo, raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away at the age of 33 from an interventricular bleed.Just like ev...
Godzilla. Dr. Who. Comic Books...
Godzilla. Dr. Who. Comic Books. These were a few of Robert (Rob) Toledo II’s fav...
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Amy Firth

“We were always a close-knit family, and nothing c...
“We were always a close-knit family, and nothing could have prepared us for Amy’...
“We were always a close-knit family, and nothing could have prepared us for Amy’s sudden and untimely death,” said John Henderson, Amy’s father.Amy Kathleen Henderson Firth, a mother of two who marrie...
“We were always a close-knit f...
“We were always a close-knit family, and nothing could have prepared us for Amy’...
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Phillip Mattes

Philip “Fibber” Mattes was a cowboy at heart. Cowb...
Philip “Fibber” Mattes was a cowboy at heart. Cowboy boots, cowboy hats, blue je...
Philip “Fibber” Mattes was a cowboy at heart. Cowboy boots, cowboy hats, blue jeans and ratty old barn jackets were some of his favorite things.Mattes passed away at the age of 73 due to a seizure, wh...
Philip “Fibber” Mattes was a c...
Philip “Fibber” Mattes was a cowboy at heart. Cowboy boots, cowboy hats, blue je...
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Gary Davison

As an avid gardener and handyman, Gary Davison kne...
As an avid gardener and handyman, Gary Davison knew how to fix, build and plant ...
As an avid gardener and handyman, Gary Davison knew how to fix, build and plant just about anything you put in front of him. His love for children and helping people was not overlooked. At the age of ...
As an avid gardener and handym...
As an avid gardener and handyman, Gary Davison knew how to fix, build and plant ...
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Robert Rickerd

Robert Rickerd was a loving husband and father of ...
Robert Rickerd was a loving husband and father of five children, ages two, three...
Robert Rickerd was a loving husband and father of five children, ages two, three, eight, 12 and 21, but after suffering from a mental illness, Robert ended his live through a self-inflicted gunshot wo...
Robert Rickerd was a loving hu...
Robert Rickerd was a loving husband and father of five children, ages two, three...
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Alfred Molina

Two days after Alfred Ray Molina Sr. celebrated hi...
Two days after Alfred Ray Molina Sr. celebrated his 60th birthday, he experience...
Two days after Alfred Ray Molina Sr. celebrated his 60th birthday, he experienced a heart attack as he rested his head on the shoulders of his wife, Vicky, after a long day from work.Vicky and Alfred ...
Two days after Alfred Ray Moli...
Two days after Alfred Ray Molina Sr. celebrated his 60th birthday, he experience...
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Bruce Olson

“I had the pleasure of calling this man my father....
“I had the pleasure of calling this man my father. Thirty years, nine months, 30...
“I had the pleasure of calling this man my father. Thirty years, nine months, 30 days, four hours and 45 minutes here on earth, we got to make memories,” said Josh Olson, son of Bruce Olson. “Time is ...
“I had the pleasure of calling...
“I had the pleasure of calling this man my father. Thirty years, nine months, 30...
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Jose Guadalupe Tijerina Vargas

Jouita Orzabal lost her son, Jose Guadalupe Tijeri...
Jouita Orzabal lost her son, Jose Guadalupe Tijerina Vargas, to a stroke on Oct....
Jouita Orzabal lost her son, Jose Guadalupe Tijerina Vargas, to a stroke on Oct. 12, 2013. Jouita said her son was outgoing, always tried to get people to laugh and had the nickname, "Lupe."Jose was t...
Jouita Orzabal lost her son, J...
Jouita Orzabal lost her son, Jose Guadalupe Tijerina Vargas, to a stroke on Oct....
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Mack Caldwell

Carla Jones lost her husband, Mack H. Caldwell, to...
Carla Jones lost her husband, Mack H. Caldwell, to a massive heart attack at the...
Carla Jones lost her husband, Mack H. Caldwell, to a massive heart attack at the age of 60. “He was always happy and just a joy to be around,” Carla said. “He rarely became upset and was easygoing, an...
Carla Jones lost her husband, ...
Carla Jones lost her husband, Mack H. Caldwell, to a massive heart attack at the...
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Maria Fowlkes

Frank Fowlkes lost his wife, Maria, to cancer at t...
Frank Fowlkes lost his wife, Maria, to cancer at the age of 66.“Maria was a sain...
Frank Fowlkes lost his wife, Maria, to cancer at the age of 66.“Maria was a saint,” Frank said. “She loved her children and husband dearly and only wanted the best for all of them.”Maria was a loyal a...
Frank Fowlkes lost his wife, M...
Frank Fowlkes lost his wife, Maria, to cancer at the age of 66.“Maria was a sain...
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Martin Colunga Jr.

Martin Colunga, Jr. took his own life at the young...
Martin Colunga, Jr. took his own life at the young age of 28. “He was my husband...
Martin Colunga, Jr. took his own life at the young age of 28. “He was my husband and my best friend,” said wife Maria Amador. “He was a very loving husband and father and was loved by a lot of people,...
Martin Colunga, Jr. took his o...
Martin Colunga, Jr. took his own life at the young age of 28. “He was my husband...
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Derek Waterman

Patricia Waterman lost her son, Derek Allen Waterm...
Patricia Waterman lost her son, Derek Allen Waterman, at the age of 26. His life...
Patricia Waterman lost her son, Derek Allen Waterman, at the age of 26. His life was taken by an under-age drunk driver on February 16, 2014.Derek was on his way to pick up his four-year-old daughter ...
Patricia Waterman lost her son...
Patricia Waterman lost her son, Derek Allen Waterman, at the age of 26. His life...
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Mike Erickson

Growing up, Mike Erickson played football and enjo...
Growing up, Mike Erickson played football and enjoyed the outdoors. Fishing, hun...
Growing up, Mike Erickson played football and enjoyed the outdoors. Fishing, hunting, trail biking, canoeing, swimming, ice fishing – he loved them all. He was very quick-witted, with an exceptional s...
Growing up, Mike Erickson play...
Growing up, Mike Erickson played football and enjoyed the outdoors. Fishing, hun...
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Anthony L. Ciammitti

You never said I'm leaving. You never said goodbye...
You never said I'm leaving. You never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew...
You never said I'm leaving. You never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it & only God knows why. It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone, for part of all of us went with you, ...
You never said I'm leaving. Yo...
You never said I'm leaving. You never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew...
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Meagan Rickman

At the age of 17, Meagan Rickman went into cardiac...
At the age of 17, Meagan Rickman went into cardiac arrest during a surgery for p...
At the age of 17, Meagan Rickman went into cardiac arrest during a surgery for placement of a pacemaker. Meagan was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare heart defect present at birth wher...
At the age of 17, Meagan Rickm...
At the age of 17, Meagan Rickman went into cardiac arrest during a surgery for p...
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Ryan Jolley

Ryan Michael Jolley passed away at just five days ...
Ryan Michael Jolley passed away at just five days old. He was born with severe H...
Ryan Michael Jolley passed away at just five days old. He was born with severe Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), a condition in which the brain does not receive enough oxygen.Ryan was Ashlee Hamm...
Ryan Michael Jolley passed awa...
Ryan Michael Jolley passed away at just five days old. He was born with severe H...
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David Resendez

Kelli Resendez lost her husband, David Resendez, t...
Kelli Resendez lost her husband, David Resendez, to a heart attack due to conges...
Kelli Resendez lost her husband, David Resendez, to a heart attack due to congestive heart failure at the age of 42. David was a father of four and grandfather of three.David was smart, funny and a fu...
Kelli Resendez lost her husban...
Kelli Resendez lost her husband, David Resendez, to a heart attack due to conges...
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Winston Morris, Jr.

Winston Morris, Jr. passed away at age 55 of compl...
Winston Morris, Jr. passed away at age 55 of complications from head trauma foll...
Winston Morris, Jr. passed away at age 55 of complications from head trauma following a fall. Debbie Morris, the wife of Winston, said he was very outgoing and always the life of the party. ...
Winston Morris, Jr. passed awa...
Winston Morris, Jr. passed away at age 55 of complications from head trauma foll...
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William Love

Betty Love lost her son and only child, 44-year-ol...
Betty Love lost her son and only child, 44-year-old William Love, in a motorcycl...
Betty Love lost her son and only child, 44-year-old William Love, in a motorcycle accident.“Will was my life!” Betty said. “From a small child, he was usually very happy and fun-loving.” He was on the...
Betty Love lost her son and on...
Betty Love lost her son and only child, 44-year-old William Love, in a motorcycl...
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Kenneth Lewis

Katrina Lewis lost her beloved husband, Kenneth Wa...
Katrina Lewis lost her beloved husband, Kenneth Wayne Lewis, at the age of 49 du...
Katrina Lewis lost her beloved husband, Kenneth Wayne Lewis, at the age of 49 due to a blood clot in his heart.“Kenneth was a very loving and kind hearted person,” Katrina said. “He would do anything ...
Katrina Lewis lost her beloved...
Katrina Lewis lost her beloved husband, Kenneth Wayne Lewis, at the age of 49 du...
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Walter Joseph, Jr.

Walter Joseph, Jr., commonly known as “Rock,” beca...
Walter Joseph, Jr., commonly known as “Rock,” became suddenly ill one night afte...
Walter Joseph, Jr., commonly known as “Rock,” became suddenly ill one night after participating in one thing he loved -- bowling.Andrea Joseph, Rock’s wife of six years and mate of 18 years, said he w...
Walter Joseph, Jr., commonly k...
Walter Joseph, Jr., commonly known as “Rock,” became suddenly ill one night afte...
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Ron Earley

Kathy Earley lost her husband of 40 years, Ron Ear...
Kathy Earley lost her husband of 40 years, Ron Earley, to a massive stroke at th...
Kathy Earley lost her husband of 40 years, Ron Earley, to a massive stroke at the age of 62.“Ron was my very best friend!” Kathy said. The amount of love he had for her, their two sons, his daughters-...
Kathy Earley lost her husband ...
Kathy Earley lost her husband of 40 years, Ron Earley, to a massive stroke at th...
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Evan Hauk

Evan John Hauk was taken from the world too soon w...
Evan John Hauk was taken from the world too soon when he was preparing for a fam...
Evan John Hauk was taken from the world too soon when he was preparing for a family fishing trip on July 6, 2011. He was using worm prods to search for bait in the backyard when he fell on top of a pr...
Evan John Hauk was taken from ...
Evan John Hauk was taken from the world too soon when he was preparing for a fam...
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Deanna Casey

Deanna was born with a smile as infectious as her ...
Deanna was born with a smile as infectious as her laugh. As a child, she loved p...
Deanna was born with a smile as infectious as her laugh. As a child, she loved playing sports, being outside, socializing with the neighborhood kids and spending time with her family. Deanna orchestra...
Deanna was born with a smile a...
Deanna was born with a smile as infectious as her laugh. As a child, she loved p...
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Corey Martinez

Kim Paine lost her youngest of three children, Cor...
Kim Paine lost her youngest of three children, Corey Wayne Martinez, at the age ...
Kim Paine lost her youngest of three children, Corey Wayne Martinez, at the age of 21. Corey was involved in a single-car wreck and was texting while he was driving.“Corey loved life and made the best...
Kim Paine lost her youngest of...
Kim Paine lost her youngest of three children, Corey Wayne Martinez, at the age ...
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Daniel Mataska

Daniel Ray Mataska died in his sleep in October 20...
Daniel Ray Mataska died in his sleep in October 2012 at the age of 17. Daniel w...
Daniel Ray Mataska died in his sleep in October 2012 at the age of 17. Daniel was mentally challenged and had epilepsy but didn’t have a seizure the night he died. According to his doctors, Daniel di...
Daniel Ray Mataska died in his...
Daniel Ray Mataska died in his sleep in October 2012 at the age of 17. Daniel w...
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Jessica Mathews

Julie Mathews Adams lost her oldest daughter, Jess...
Julie Mathews Adams lost her oldest daughter, Jessica, at the age of 21. “She ca...
Julie Mathews Adams lost her oldest daughter, Jessica, at the age of 21. “She came home from college to watch her younger sister march in the band, and the next morning she did not wake up,” Julie sai...
Julie Mathews Adams lost her o...
Julie Mathews Adams lost her oldest daughter, Jessica, at the age of 21. “She ca...
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Michiel Crabtree

Terri Crabtree lost her husband of 12 years, Michi...
Terri Crabtree lost her husband of 12 years, Michiel Earnest Crabtree, to a mass...
Terri Crabtree lost her husband of 12 years, Michiel Earnest Crabtree, to a massive heart attack in January 2013. Mike had just turned 47 years old.“Mike was a very unique man; he thought of others be...
Terri Crabtree lost her husban...
Terri Crabtree lost her husband of 12 years, Michiel Earnest Crabtree, to a mass...
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Gannon Grimmett

Coye Grimmett lost his son Gannon to heart failure...
Coye Grimmett lost his son Gannon to heart failure at the age of 41. “Gannon was...
Coye Grimmett lost his son Gannon to heart failure at the age of 41. “Gannon was loving, caring, tender, generous and humorous,” Coye said. “He loved to do wood carvings and to learn new things. He wa...
Coye Grimmett lost his son Gan...
Coye Grimmett lost his son Gannon to heart failure at the age of 41. “Gannon was...
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Christina Pasewald

“We were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Christ...
“We were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Christina, on March 25, 1984. On Jul...
“We were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Christina, on March 25, 1984. On July 2, 2007, Christina was tragically taken from us when she took her own life.Christina was a beautiful girl, inside and ...
“We were blessed with a beauti...
“We were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Christina, on March 25, 1984. On Jul...
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Mike Dunnam

Mike Dunnam was 22 years old when he was involved ...
Mike Dunnam was 22 years old when he was involved in a fatal car accident.“Mike,...
Mike Dunnam was 22 years old when he was involved in a fatal car accident.“Mike, or ‘Mikey’ to me, was born ready to embrace life,” said his mother Valerie Fourtunia. “He was such an adventurer, full ...
Mike Dunnam was 22 years old w...
Mike Dunnam was 22 years old when he was involved in a fatal car accident.“Mike,...
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Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson passed away very suddenly of a bl...
Patrick Peterson passed away very suddenly of a blood clot in the heart at the a...
Patrick Peterson passed away very suddenly of a blood clot in the heart at the age of 51.“Patrick was my husband of 34 years,” said wife Kay. “We have two boys.”Patrick owned his own bridge constructi...
Patrick Peterson passed away v...
Patrick Peterson passed away very suddenly of a blood clot in the heart at the a...
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Anthony "Nini" Varela

“My son Anthony “Nini” Varela was 18 years old whe...
“My son Anthony “Nini” Varela was 18 years old when he passed away on August 8, ...
“My son Anthony “Nini” Varela was 18 years old when he passed away on August 8, 2010. He was my only son and the younger of my two children.At about 1:18 a.m. he was riding in an SUV with three of his...
“My son Anthony “Nini” Varela ...
“My son Anthony “Nini” Varela was 18 years old when he passed away on August 8, ...
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David Bunk

“I lost my husband and my son lost his father very...
“I lost my husband and my son lost his father very unexpectedly. Dave had just t...
“I lost my husband and my son lost his father very unexpectedly. Dave had just turned 60 on March 9 and passed away on March 22.It has been such a very difficult road to travel. Dave was such a giving...
“I lost my husband and my son ...
“I lost my husband and my son lost his father very unexpectedly. Dave had just t...
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Kenneth Klapperich

“My story is probably pretty common – about a girl...
“My story is probably pretty common – about a girl that loves her dad. I was alw...
“My story is probably pretty common – about a girl that loves her dad. I was always his princess. Everyone knew I had him wrapped around my finger – and he around mine. We did so much together. We wou...
“My story is probably pretty c...
“My story is probably pretty common – about a girl that loves her dad. I was alw...
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Christopher White

After Christopher White had graduated from Wiscons...
After Christopher White had graduated from Wisconsin Heights High School in 2001...
After Christopher White had graduated from Wisconsin Heights High School in 2001, he worked two part-time jobs so he could pattern his waking hours around hunting, fishing and golfing. His father, Jer...
After Christopher White had gr...
After Christopher White had graduated from Wisconsin Heights High School in 2001...
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Peter Jordan Pintens

“Dark brown eyes, shiny dark brown hair and a quic...
“Dark brown eyes, shiny dark brown hair and a quick smile were Pete’s trademarks...
“Dark brown eyes, shiny dark brown hair and a quick smile were Pete’s trademarks. Everyone who met Pete knew soon his friendliness, sense of humor and laugh. Some characteristics came from his mom, so...
“Dark brown eyes, shiny dark b...
“Dark brown eyes, shiny dark brown hair and a quick smile were Pete’s trademarks...
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Ralph Popp

Ninety-two year old Ralph Popp passed away in Apri...
Ninety-two year old Ralph Popp passed away in April 2008 after suffering from a ...
Ninety-two year old Ralph Popp passed away in April 2008 after suffering from a massive heart attack at his granddaughter’s middle school volleyball game, the day before his 67th wedding anniversary.“...
Ninety-two year old Ralph Popp...
Ninety-two year old Ralph Popp passed away in April 2008 after suffering from a ...
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Robert Frost

When I was told that I could share my personal sto...
When I was told that I could share my personal story about tissue donation I was...
When I was told that I could share my personal story about tissue donation I was excited, but I was also apprehensive because I wanted to make certain that everyone came away with the same positive fe...
When I was told that I could s...
When I was told that I could share my personal story about tissue donation I was...
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Deanna Casey

Deanna was born with a smile as infectious as her ...
Deanna was born with a smile as infectious as her laugh. As a child, she loved p...
Deanna was born with a smile as infectious as her laugh. As a child, she loved playing sports, being outside, socializing with the neighborhood kids and spending time with her family. Deanna orchestra...
Deanna was born with a smile a...
Deanna was born with a smile as infectious as her laugh. As a child, she loved p...
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Norma Jean Pierce

“My mother passed away very suddenly in 1992. She ...
“My mother passed away very suddenly in 1992. She died of congestive heart failu...
“My mother passed away very suddenly in 1992. She died of congestive heart failure, and was also a breast cancer survivor, ruling out her donation of organs. At that time I didn’t know anything about ...
“My mother passed away very su...
“My mother passed away very suddenly in 1992. She died of congestive heart failu...
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Nick Oelrich

Steve Oelrich, Florida State Senator and former Sh...
Steve Oelrich, Florida State Senator and former Sheriff of Alachua County, Fla.,...
Steve Oelrich, Florida State Senator and former Sheriff of Alachua County, Fla., clearly remembers Father’s Day 1995. That was the day his 18-year-old son Nick was left brain-dead by a head injury suf...
Steve Oelrich, Florida State S...
Steve Oelrich, Florida State Senator and former Sheriff of Alachua County, Fla.,...
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Bryant Dean

“On Thursday, May 20, 2010, my husband and I were ...
“On Thursday, May 20, 2010, my husband and I were two blocks from our home, and ...
“On Thursday, May 20, 2010, my husband and I were two blocks from our home, and he was sitting on his parked motorcycle talking to me about our evening plans,” said wife Angelia Dean. “There was a pau...
“On Thursday, May 20, 2010, my...
“On Thursday, May 20, 2010, my husband and I were two blocks from our home, and ...
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Victor Lozada

Victor Lozada married the love of his life, Theres...
Victor Lozada married the love of his life, Theresa, after having known her sinc...
Victor Lozada married the love of his life, Theresa, after having known her since he was nine years old. He then attended the University of Houston and joined the National Guard, but dreamed of having...
Victor Lozada married the love...
Victor Lozada married the love of his life, Theresa, after having known her sinc...
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Eric Barlament

Kari and Eric Barlament of Brillion, WI, were cele...
Kari and Eric Barlament of Brillion, WI, were celebrating one of life’s greatest...
Kari and Eric Barlament of Brillion, WI, were celebrating one of life’s greatest joys – preparing for the birth of their first child – when tragedy struck their family. While on the way to the store t...
Kari and Eric Barlament of Bri...
Kari and Eric Barlament of Brillion, WI, were celebrating one of life’s greatest...
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Elias Kluth

Elias Kluth passed away at the age of 15 months du...
Elias Kluth passed away at the age of 15 months due to the result of an accident...
Elias Kluth passed away at the age of 15 months due to the result of an accident. Even at a young age, his mother Marisa said he had developed some breathtaking characteristics. “He had very big brown...
Elias Kluth passed away at the...
Elias Kluth passed away at the age of 15 months due to the result of an accident...
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Glanville family

Marge Glanville, of Arizona, has lost two heroic l...
Marge Glanville, of Arizona, has lost two heroic loved ones but says she is comf...
Marge Glanville, of Arizona, has lost two heroic loved ones but says she is comforted by knowing that they live on in her heart and through their gifts of life to others. Marge’s son passed away in 19...
Marge Glanville, of Arizona, h...
Marge Glanville, of Arizona, has lost two heroic loved ones but says she is comf...
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Jimmariyah Sherrill

Jimmariyah Sherrill was a smart young boy with an ...
Jimmariyah Sherrill was a smart young boy with an energetic and loving personali...
Jimmariyah Sherrill was a smart young boy with an energetic and loving personality. Tragically, his life was taken at only 10 years old when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in 2003. His g...
Jimmariyah Sherrill was a smar...
Jimmariyah Sherrill was a smart young boy with an energetic and loving personali...
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Connelly Sanders, Jr.

Connelly Sanders, Jr., born in 1929 in Oklahoma, l...
Connelly Sanders, Jr., born in 1929 in Oklahoma, lived a full and happy life bef...
Connelly Sanders, Jr., born in 1929 in Oklahoma, lived a full and happy life before passing away at the age of 74 while living in Marietta, Ga., with his wife, Rosemarie.After he graduated from the Un...
Connelly Sanders, Jr., born in...
Connelly Sanders, Jr., born in 1929 in Oklahoma, lived a full and happy life bef...
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Nancy Quick

Nancy Quick served in the United States Navy and l...
Nancy Quick served in the United States Navy and later joined the reserves after...
Nancy Quick served in the United States Navy and later joined the reserves after her tour of duty was complete. In her early 40s, while helping care for her elderly parents, Nancy was diagnosed with p...
Nancy Quick served in the Unit...
Nancy Quick served in the United States Navy and later joined the reserves after...
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Quentin Durell

Quentin Durell, from Arizona, lived to be 83 years...
Quentin Durell, from Arizona, lived to be 83 years old and experienced the bette...
Quentin Durell, from Arizona, lived to be 83 years old and experienced the better part of the 20th century during his life. He suffered a heart attack and passed away in 2001. When Quentin passed away...
Quentin Durell, from Arizona, ...
Quentin Durell, from Arizona, lived to be 83 years old and experienced the bette...
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Terry Snowden

Terry Snowden suffered of liver failure and passed...
Terry Snowden suffered of liver failure and passed away in Stoughton, Wis. at th...
Terry Snowden suffered of liver failure and passed away in Stoughton, Wis. at the age of 58.“He was very much a giver,” said Terry’s wife Jane. “He loved doing special things for me. He’d bring me flo...
Terry Snowden suffered of live...
Terry Snowden suffered of liver failure and passed away in Stoughton, Wis. at th...
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Stephen Rutherford

Kathy Rutherford describes her son, Stephen, as th...
Kathy Rutherford describes her son, Stephen, as the perfect baby boy with beauti...
Kathy Rutherford describes her son, Stephen, as the perfect baby boy with beautiful blue eyes and big dimples. He was a normal teenager who loved to have fun and make people laugh. Stephen always help...
Kathy Rutherford describes her...
Kathy Rutherford describes her son, Stephen, as the perfect baby boy with beauti...
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Melissa Hanson

“My daughter and best friend, Melissa, was born on...
“My daughter and best friend, Melissa, was born on Christmas Day,” said mother L...
“My daughter and best friend, Melissa, was born on Christmas Day,” said mother Loni Wendt. “We lost her in a car accident on April 19, 2002, at the age of 16.” According to her mother, as Melissa grew...
“My daughter and best friend, ...
“My daughter and best friend, Melissa, was born on Christmas Day,” said mother L...
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Linda Heffernan

Linda Heffernan passed away suddenly at the age of...
Linda Heffernan passed away suddenly at the age of 50 in February 1999 from a pu...
Linda Heffernan passed away suddenly at the age of 50 in February 1999 from a pulmonary embolism, five days after undergoing elective surgery. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmoth...
Linda Heffernan passed away su...
Linda Heffernan passed away suddenly at the age of 50 in February 1999 from a pu...
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Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson lost her life in a car accident be...
Heather Johnson lost her life in a car accident between Madison and Portage, Wis...
Heather Johnson lost her life in a car accident between Madison and Portage, Wis., just a short time after celebrating her 21st birthday.“She was a very caring person who liked making others feel good...
Heather Johnson lost her life ...
Heather Johnson lost her life in a car accident between Madison and Portage, Wis...
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Clifford Nelson

Clifford Nelson had lived a full and wonderful lif...
Clifford Nelson had lived a full and wonderful life when he passed away at the a...
Clifford Nelson had lived a full and wonderful life when he passed away at the age of 84. He died of a massive stroke and had been on dialysis for just over seven years.His wife of 53 years, Lillie, s...
Clifford Nelson had lived a fu...
Clifford Nelson had lived a full and wonderful life when he passed away at the a...
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Bob Jones

Bob Jones’ life came to an end in the early hours ...
Bob Jones’ life came to an end in the early hours of January 1, 2002. He and his...
Bob Jones’ life came to an end in the early hours of January 1, 2002. He and his wife, Kathy, had spent New Year’s Eve with their daughter and were driving back to their home in Dixon, Ill. when a dru...
Bob Jones’ life came to an end...
Bob Jones’ life came to an end in the early hours of January 1, 2002. He and his...
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Bette Kroll

Elizabeth “Bette” Kroll was an avid reader and gar...
Elizabeth “Bette” Kroll was an avid reader and gardener, especially known for he...
Elizabeth “Bette” Kroll was an avid reader and gardener, especially known for her sparkling sense of humor. Bette lost her life at the age of 69, leaving behind three children and three grandchildren....
Elizabeth “Bette” Kroll was an...
Elizabeth “Bette” Kroll was an avid reader and gardener, especially known for he...
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Anne Rose

Soccer is life for Anne Rose, but a torn ACL twice...
Soccer is life for Anne Rose, but a torn ACL twice threatened to end her time on...
Soccer is life for Anne Rose, but a torn ACL twice threatened to end her time on the field. At a soccer camp, Anne tore her meniscus, PCL and ACL. “Years ago this would have been a career ending accid...
Soccer is life for Anne Rose, ...
Soccer is life for Anne Rose, but a torn ACL twice threatened to end her time on...
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Dawn Giese

The pain in Dawn Giese’s lower back began in 2004 ...
The pain in Dawn Giese’s lower back began in 2004 due to a spinal stress fractur...
The pain in Dawn Giese’s lower back began in 2004 due to a spinal stress fracture. It was devastating for the then 42-year-old registered nurse when she tried to walk up and down stairs, roll over in ...
The pain in Dawn Giese’s lower...
The pain in Dawn Giese’s lower back began in 2004 due to a spinal stress fractur...
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Pamela Snyder

Tearing ligaments in both knees didn’t slow down P...
Tearing ligaments in both knees didn’t slow down Pamela Snyder. An energetic ath...
Tearing ligaments in both knees didn’t slow down Pamela Snyder. An energetic athlete, Pam first tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee playing soccer in high school. Then in colle...
Tearing ligaments in both knee...
Tearing ligaments in both knees didn’t slow down Pamela Snyder. An energetic ath...
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Betty Long

When she was 52, Betty Long of Palatka, Fla., foun...
When she was 52, Betty Long of Palatka, Fla., found out that she had scoliosis, ...
When she was 52, Betty Long of Palatka, Fla., found out that she had scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine. Her doctor discovered the scoliosis during a check-up for tennis elbow, but he did n...
When she was 52, Betty Long of...
When she was 52, Betty Long of Palatka, Fla., found out that she had scoliosis, ...
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Suzi Resnick

Suzi Resnick of Alachua, Fla., was involved in an ...
Suzi Resnick of Alachua, Fla., was involved in an auto accident in 1979 and rece...
Suzi Resnick of Alachua, Fla., was involved in an auto accident in 1979 and received two fractured vertebrae. The only option at that time was to wear a hard cervical collar and take pain pills. Over ...
Suzi Resnick of Alachua, Fla.,...
Suzi Resnick of Alachua, Fla., was involved in an auto accident in 1979 and rece...
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Rita Zeidner

In early 2002, Rita Zeidner, a journalist from Arl...
In early 2002, Rita Zeidner, a journalist from Arlington, Va., was limping along...
In early 2002, Rita Zeidner, a journalist from Arlington, Va., was limping along and recovering slowly from reconstructive knee surgery. She had torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) after falling...
In early 2002, Rita Zeidner, a...
In early 2002, Rita Zeidner, a journalist from Arlington, Va., was limping along...
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Diane Hickey

After spending Valentine’s Day 2004 in a hospital ...
After spending Valentine’s Day 2004 in a hospital emergency room, Diane Hickey i...
After spending Valentine’s Day 2004 in a hospital emergency room, Diane Hickey is now happily recovered thanks to the kindness of a stranger. Diane received a soft tissue allograft from a tissue donor...
After spending Valentine’s Day...
After spending Valentine’s Day 2004 in a hospital emergency room, Diane Hickey i...
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Dr. Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper of Orlando, Fla. had dealt with the ...
Robert Cooper of Orlando, Fla. had dealt with the sudden pain in his neck for tw...
Robert Cooper of Orlando, Fla. had dealt with the sudden pain in his neck for two months when he decided he could not keep living in pain.In August 2003 he began feeling horrible pains in his right ar...
Robert Cooper of Orlando, Fla....
Robert Cooper of Orlando, Fla. had dealt with the sudden pain in his neck for tw...
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Brandon Sack

While wakeboarding, Brandon Sack suddenly felt his...
While wakeboarding, Brandon Sack suddenly felt his knee twist and pop. Brandon s...
While wakeboarding, Brandon Sack suddenly felt his knee twist and pop. Brandon said it was horrible timing because the weather had just warmed up enough for him to stop using his wetsuit while on the ...
While wakeboarding, Brandon Sa...
While wakeboarding, Brandon Sack suddenly felt his knee twist and pop. Brandon s...
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Mattie Owens

For almost nine years Mattie Owens suffered from p...
For almost nine years Mattie Owens suffered from pain in her back, shoulders and...
For almost nine years Mattie Owens suffered from pain in her back, shoulders and neck, due to a degenerative disc disease. The Jacksonville, Fla., woman had tingling and numbness in her right arm and ...
For almost nine years Mattie O...
For almost nine years Mattie Owens suffered from pain in her back, shoulders and...
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Wayne Godsmark

Wayne Godsmark is a father of two little girls, ag...
Wayne Godsmark is a father of two little girls, ages 8 and 3. He and his wife, D...
Wayne Godsmark is a father of two little girls, ages 8 and 3. He and his wife, Dawn, like spending their time outdoors with the kids, working on renovating their home and helping with the upkeep of hi...
Wayne Godsmark is a father of ...
Wayne Godsmark is a father of two little girls, ages 8 and 3. He and his wife, D...
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Carrie Hartill

Carrie Hartill remembers bending over to pick up a...
Carrie Hartill remembers bending over to pick up an object from the ground the d...
Carrie Hartill remembers bending over to pick up an object from the ground the day before feeling excruciating pain in her right shoulder, but she still isn’t exactly sure what caused her injury. The ...
Carrie Hartill remembers bendi...
Carrie Hartill remembers bending over to pick up an object from the ground the d...
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Marty Mosley

Can you imagine how different your life would be i...
Can you imagine how different your life would be if you couldn’t see the informa...
Can you imagine how different your life would be if you couldn’t see the information on a bottle of medicine or a menu at a restaurant or even pass a simple eye test at the DMV despite wearing prescri...
Can you imagine how different ...
Can you imagine how different your life would be if you couldn’t see the informa...
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Laurie Wills

Laurie Wills of West Palm Beach, Fla. was having e...
Laurie Wills of West Palm Beach, Fla. was having extreme pain in her neck, preve...
Laurie Wills of West Palm Beach, Fla. was having extreme pain in her neck, preventing her from carrying out daily tasks like holding a telephone and working on a computer.“The pain involved my neck, s...
Laurie Wills of West Palm Beac...
Laurie Wills of West Palm Beach, Fla. was having extreme pain in her neck, preve...
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Ida Williams

RTI is pleased to honor a fellow employee and livi...
RTI is pleased to honor a fellow employee and living donor, Tracy Riggins, who s...
RTI is pleased to honor a fellow employee and living donor, Tracy Riggins, who selflessly gave the gift of life to her mother, Ida:Ida Williams remembers feeling extremely sick in 2000, with her condi...
RTI is pleased to honor a fell...
RTI is pleased to honor a fellow employee and living donor, Tracy Riggins, who s...
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Megan Silcox

Fourteen-year-old Megan Silcox of Newberry, Fla. w...
Fourteen-year-old Megan Silcox of Newberry, Fla. was playing in her very first h...
Fourteen-year-old Megan Silcox of Newberry, Fla. was playing in her very first high school soccer game when she suddenly tore her ACL.Today, Megan is preparing for next year’s soccer season thanks to ...
Fourteen-year-old Megan Silcox...
Fourteen-year-old Megan Silcox of Newberry, Fla. was playing in her very first h...
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Christie Blakely

Christie Blakely of Gainesville, Fla. tore her rig...
Christie Blakely of Gainesville, Fla. tore her right anterior cruciate ligament ...
Christie Blakely of Gainesville, Fla. tore her right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while skiing in Colorado. “After I tore my ACL, I was concerned about instability in my knee,” Christie said. “As ...
Christie Blakely of Gainesvill...
Christie Blakely of Gainesville, Fla. tore her right anterior cruciate ligament ...
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Harry Rambo

Harry Rambo was skydiving from 9,000 feet when str...
Harry Rambo was skydiving from 9,000 feet when strong wind conditions forced him...
Harry Rambo was skydiving from 9,000 feet when strong wind conditions forced him to misjudge his landing. He hit the ground at more than 25 miles per hour and shattered his right femur.The point of im...
Harry Rambo was skydiving from...
Harry Rambo was skydiving from 9,000 feet when strong wind conditions forced him...
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Peggy Maloney

Before 1998, Peggy Maloney had a very active and h...
Before 1998, Peggy Maloney had a very active and healthy lifestyle.“I engaged in...
Before 1998, Peggy Maloney had a very active and healthy lifestyle.“I engaged in yoga and ballet classes and loved to go backpacking, especially in the Smoky Mountains.” Peggy said. “I had always been...
Before 1998, Peggy Maloney had...
Before 1998, Peggy Maloney had a very active and healthy lifestyle.“I engaged in...
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Jaclyn Crawford

One late night in February of 2006, Jaclyn Crawfor...
One late night in February of 2006, Jaclyn Crawford fell on her tile kitchen flo...
One late night in February of 2006, Jaclyn Crawford fell on her tile kitchen floor, landing on her knee. Jaclyn tried to stand, but the pain was too much. The next morning, a visit to the Emergency Ro...
One late night in February of ...
One late night in February of 2006, Jaclyn Crawford fell on her tile kitchen flo...
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Colin Lepley

Colin Lepley considers himself very physical, and ...
Colin Lepley considers himself very physical, and he enjoys practically all spor...
Colin Lepley considers himself very physical, and he enjoys practically all sports. He has played sports since he was four years old, his favorite being football. During his junior year of high school...
Colin Lepley considers himself...
Colin Lepley considers himself very physical, and he enjoys practically all spor...
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Justin Fisher

Justin Fisher, 33, of Gainesville, Fla. is highly ...
Justin Fisher, 33, of Gainesville, Fla. is highly active in sports including fla...
Justin Fisher, 33, of Gainesville, Fla. is highly active in sports including flag football, softball and especially basketball, where he ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during a pickup g...
Justin Fisher, 33, of Gainesvi...
Justin Fisher, 33, of Gainesville, Fla. is highly active in sports including fla...
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Debra Pappas

Debra (Debbie) Pappas, of Raytown, Mo., is an avid...
Debra (Debbie) Pappas, of Raytown, Mo., is an avid reader who has written grants...
Debra (Debbie) Pappas, of Raytown, Mo., is an avid reader who has written grants and published a children’s book Mom, Dad Come Back Soon. Debbie has been published by the American Psychiatric Associat...
Debra (Debbie) Pappas, of Rayt...
Debra (Debbie) Pappas, of Raytown, Mo., is an avid reader who has written grants...
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Shelly Lyons

“I was limited to walking for movement,” said Shel...
“I was limited to walking for movement,” said Shelly Lyons, an allograft tissue ...
“I was limited to walking for movement,” said Shelly Lyons, an allograft tissue recipient. Being an extremely active teacher, mother and lover of the outdoors, Shelly had a difficult time being restri...
“I was limited to walking for ...
“I was limited to walking for movement,” said Shelly Lyons, an allograft tissue ...
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