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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Turning Tragedy into a Force for Good – Brandon’s Story

Brandon was a high school athlete with an infectious smile. The summer before his senior year in high school, he and some friends climbed in a jeep after morning football practice. A tragic accident caused the jeep to roll while they were still in the high school parking lot. Brandon was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive. Brandon’s…
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The Wait Was Too Long – Brock’s Story

“If there is one thing I do in this life, it would be to teach people to be thankful for what they have instead of dwelling on what they don’t.” This was one of Brock’s mottos in his life. Brock was a competitive swimmer, played guitar in school assemblies and saxophone in the school band. He attended Salt Lake Community…
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Skater’s Generous Spirit Saves Lives – Shauna’s Story

Shauna was an energetic 16 year old who was known for her kindness and generosity. She was awarded a National Youth Congressional Award for the hundreds of hours that she spent in volunteer service. She had the opportunity to spend time in the Florida Keys with her family and learned that manatees are on the endangered species list, largely due…
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Life Can Change In An instant – Chelsie’s Story

Chelsie came to this earth bringing class, style, beauty, grace and love. She was a very compassionate and caring person who touched many in her short life. Chelsie was currently attending Salt Lake Community College pursuing a career in dental hygiene. She found a love for running, and in 2008 completed her first full Marathon at the TOP OF UTAH…
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