A Future Nurse with a Loving Heart – Ixel’s Story

Ixel was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and had a heart transplant when she was eight years old. She likes reading, playing volleyball and playing the violin. While she was in high school, she was able to meet the family of the young man who donated his heart after he died. A few years later, they flew to Utah to attend her…
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A Kidney for His 21st Birthday – Eddie’s Story

Eddie became sick and was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was 13 years old. At the time, he was told he would need a kidney transplant someday, but he would not be put on the waiting list until his kidneys became worse. His kidneys lasted until he was almost 21 years old, but then they began to fail rapidly….
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Honoring Her Son’s Wishes – Adam’s Story

Adam’s mom, Lisa, remembers exactly where she was standing when her son Adam brought up the subject of organ donation. When Lisa was faced with the reality of losing her teenage son, that conversation came back to her and she readily made the decision to donate Adam’s organs. Steve, who had been struggling with liver disease, was the recipient of…
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Walk, Jump and Play – Brick’s Story

Brick was diagnosed with kidney failure when he was just five days old. His parents, Matt and Krista, were told he would eventually need a kidney transplant. The decision to put him on the waiting list for a kidney was made when Brick was two years old. “Every time the phone rang, our hearts would drop hoping it would be…
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Living Dialysis Free – Amelia’s Story

Three year old Amelia, was born with kidney disease. She was started on dialysis when she was eleven months old. She went four times each week, and the process began to take its toll on both Amelia and her family. With a child as small as Amelia, there is a balance between not enough dialysis and too much, so she…
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The Amazing Change – Lulu’s Story

London,nicknamed Lulu,was diagnosed with liver disease when she was only two months old. Her family immediately considered living donation, knowing the need for organs exceeds the number of organs available for transplant. Unfortunately, Lulu’s mom, dad, uncle and aunt were all ruled out as not a good enough match for what Lulu needed, so the wait began. Lulu’s condition became…
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Larger Than Life – Alexis’ Story

Alexis was ‘larger than life’ according to her sister, Jenell. She was almost six feet tall and commanded a presence when she entered a room. But it wasn’t just her height; it was her energy, her zest for life and her love of people. One day, Alexis came home after discussing organ donation in school and told her mom that…
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Life on an LVAD – Richard’s Story

Richard had always been active and seemingly healthy. One day last fall, he was mowing his lawn and noticed that he was not feeling well. After some tests, Richard was told that some of the blood vessels leading to his heart were too small and he would need bypass surgery. Unfortunately, the blood vessels that caused Richard’s health problems collapsed,…
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