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Someone Else’s Tragedy Saved My Life

It was January 2009, just after ringing in the new year when I first felt ill. After a week of a dull stomach ache, I knew something wasn’t quite right and scheduled an appointment with my family doctor. He assured me that everything was fine and that I was just

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Bonnaroo Or BUST!

Bonnaroo is the perfect kick off to summer. The farm transforms from empty fields into a buzzing, energetic, creative, positive, fun loving space for people from all walks of life, from all areas of the country and the world.   The Chris Klug Foundation attended the event this year for

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I was rushed into emergency surgery immediately following my birth and 98% of my intestines were removed

My name is Acacia Puleo. I was born with a rare intestinal disorder called intestinal malrotation. This means that when my organs were forming before I was born, they kinked at the top and all the tissue below died. I was rushed into emergency surgery immediately following my birth and

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I Wanted To Share A Story Of An Incredible Family!

Good evening! I wanted to share a story of an incredible family! My cousin, Claire (Griffith) Erickson is from Carbondale, Colorado. She is now married to Justin Erickson and they now reside in Red Lodge, Montana. Both are avid skiers/snowboarders. They have 2 children, Shay is 5 yrs old and

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We Knew That Death At A Young Age For Both Of Us Was Quite Possible…

At age 15 I was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes and began taking insulin injections daily.  I was in high school and began dating Vince Taylor a short time later.  He was one month older than me.  We were married at age 20 and dreamed of having children in a few

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Could a perfect match come from someone imperfect like me?

I knew nothing about organ donation until my husband needed a transplant. After 27 years of juvenile diabetes, his kidneys failed and he went on dialysis. Many people do well on dialysis. Robb did not. In the summer of 1999, I watched him waste away and lose muscle tone, energy,

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