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I have been given another chance!

CF (short for Cystic Fibrosis) has no cure yet, and so having crumby lung function and frequent infections leads to needing a double lung transplant. That is the stage that I’m at. I have now received my life-saving transplant at 27 years old. Thank you to my beautiful donor and

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The gift their loved one bestowed upon me will not be wasted

I woke up with an extraordinary feeling I had not experienced in almost a decade. Not the grogginess and pain that I had experienced more times than I care to remember. No, this was the feeling of hope. The first words out of my mouth when I saw the nurse

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It’s good to be Harold

Someone had just given me a shot in the ass that was supposed to make me feel a little less anxious, maybe even a bit loopy. It was December of 2000 and after months of testing – both psychological and medical – a team of transplant surgeons was about to

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An Impact Beyond Words

We had the opportunity to visit and meet with the team of Life Sharing in San Diego, California. They are one of the four Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO) in California. They have an amazing passionate staff that works closely together to help educate people about organ donation. They also make sure the

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Beauty and Bravery Beyond Words

Our team arrived in Los Angeles where we were met by our Patient Ambassadors Eric Barton and Harold Mintz. We were graciously invited to meet with the amazing team at One Legacy, which is the biggest Organ Procurement Organization in the United States. Sitting down with their team, we learned of

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The Beginning of the Gift of Sight

We were fortunate enough to be invited to go behind the scenes into Sierra Donor Services in Sacramento, California as apart of our Patient Ambassador Program with Astellas. We were joined by our Patient Ambassador Valen who has received a kidney transplant 15 years ago and her mother who received

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#WillowStrong

Willow was your average 5-month-old, exploring the world around her, eating, napping and staring at her siblings make silly faces. Her dad was holding her while mom finished up dinner when dad asked her mom to look at Willow’s eyes. They looked a little yellow in the whites. Her parents

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Being a Hero is Being an Organ Donor

I have been asked a number of times to tell my story, in writing, of receiving the amazing gift of a liver. And one would think since I have shared it publicly hundreds of times in front of high school students, fellow nurses, and physicians that it would be easy.

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Making the Most of a Second Chance

I have been called a hero for being a living donor to my brother Jim. The true hero is Jim, who has made the most of his new kidney and has made a difference in many lives for over 34 years since the kidney transplant. Since then, Jim has promoted

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Expecting Twins!

Mark is a law enforcement hero and now a proud recipient of twins, twin lungs that is… As I’m entering the 3rd trimester since my life saving bilateral lung transplant on New Years Day 2017, I try not to complain about the meds, the weakness, dramatic loss of muscle mass and

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