Carlos Aguilar

Gina Groves

“If you can dream it, you can do it!” That’s what you’ll hear if you get Gina Grove’s voicemail greeting. That’s just the kind of person she is. It’s also why she’s a Living Kidney Donor.
Gina's Story

Lindsey Bingham

Lindsey Bingham of North Powder, Oregon, is eight-years-old and suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy.
Lindsey's Story

Addy Neal

Since August 8, 2010, Addy Neal has been able to breathe! She knows how lucky she is to have received this second chance at life after watching her best friend die waiting for the same gift.
Addy's Story

Justice Williams

Justice's transplant was a gift of hope. We are lucky that Justice is able to play, grow, learn, and love. Everyone should have that chance.
Justice 's Story

Rob Ayers

Rob has been able to be a father to his daughter and celebrate the birth of his son Jonathan.
Rob 's Story

Justin Boyce

While Justin left behind the memories of an active young man that brought smiles to his classmates and family, it was his legacy of being an organ donor that left the biggest impact.
Justin's Story

Sophia Boyer

Laura and Brian Boyer’s youngest daughter Sophia was diagnosed at birth with Alpha-1-Anti-trypsin deficiency disorder, a rare genetic disorder affecting the liver and eventually the lungs.
Sophia's Story

Hayley Resk

Hayley Resk is a happy, healthy college student after receiving a partial liver transplant from the most important person in her life, her mother.
Hayley's Story

Gary Lodge

At age 34, Gary’s life came to a sudden end when a blood clot lodged at the base of his brain. In the midst of a devastating loss, Brenda knew Gary wanted to be an organ, eye and tissue donor – he had a ‘D’ on his license.
Gary's Story

Bernadette Artharee

For almost three years, while I waited, I received dialysis. The treatments, given three times a week, became my life. Dialysis wasn’t living, it was postponing death
Bernadette's Story

Susan Hasset

Susan's personal fight against Hypertrophic Cardiomiopathy has finally ended, thanks to one individual who registered as an organ donor.
Susan 's Story

Scott Nance

After the tragic loss of his daughter, Scott Nance finds strength in sharing their story while spreading awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation.
Scott's Story

Bob Dexter

With a new liver and a second chance at life, my life has changed in so many ways. I was even able to walk my daughter down the aisle.
Bob 's Story

Sharol & Marlene

One year after the transplant, Sharol and Marlene sought to meet each other. In an ironic twist of fate, the two found they lived just two miles apart.
Sharol & Marlene's Story

Katy Portell

At a mere four-years-old, Katy was deemed strong and old enough for open-heart surgery. It was then that she received a pulmonary artery.
Katy's Story

Rosie Tabb

Heart recipient Rosie Tabb relishes every minute of her busy life once dominated by congestive heart failure.
Rosie 's Story

Lynda Myers

Every morning when I wake up, reach for my glasses and realize I don’t need them.
Lynda's Story

Carlos Aguilar

What began as a simple problem with his knee, later revealed much more serious issues with his health: he and his mother Lilia learned that his kidneys were failing.
Carlos's Story

Marissa Salgado

“Thank you, dad!” Marissa Salgado cannot say it enough. When chronic kidney failure changed her life, the 16-year-old endured years of daily dialysis.
Marissa 's Story

Jamie Hiner

On January 26th, 2011, Jamie’s transplant coordinator called saying, "We have a new liver for you."
Jamie's Story

Will Lewis

Will Lewis had been sick as long as he could remember, so it came as no surprise when doctors informed him that he’d need a kidney transplant.
Will 's Story

Patrice Hudson

Patrice Hudson shares a special bond with her youngest sister, Bobbi.
Patrice's Story

Ordway Lipscomb

Today Lipscomb takes his health very seriously and is hopeful he will receive a kidney transplant.
Ordway's Story

Carlos Aguilar

After 6 years of waiting, Carlos Aguilar of Hillsboro, Oregon received his life-saving kidney transplant. A family acquaintance, who learned about Carlos through their church, stepped forward to be tested as his living donor and turned out to be a blood and tissue match.  

Carlos' journey began years ago, when a simple problem with his knee led to an examination and biopsy, revealing much more serious issues with his health: kidney failure.  

“At first it all overwhelmed me: finding out what was happening with my kidneys; then I couldn’t graduate on time from school… realizing that I wasn’t going to be able to do what I had wanted to was difficult.  I have a lot of help from my family, but it has been hard,” he said. 

Despite his kidney failure, Carlos never felt abnormal. “The lucky thing is I never had super bad symptoms from kidney failure,” he said. “I was sickest this last year on dialysis. It really took a lot of energy out of me, gave me headaches to the point where I wanted my family to leave me alone in quiet, and with the diet my appetite just went away and I started losing a lot of weight.”

Now, post-transplant, Carlos is on the road to recovery and “normalcy”. The emotional and financial support of his family, classmates, and community bolstered Carlos throughout the years as his need for a transplant became more urgent. 

For the Aguilar family, the importance of registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor is clear: a greater diversity of donors means better chances of matching for everyone on the waiting list. For young adults like Carlos, signing up to be a donor and spreading the word about living kidney donation is a chance, “as if someone were saving my life.” 

Donate Life Northwest urges people to designate themselves as a donor. Code your driver's license as donor, sign up on line atdonatelifenw.org, or call 503.494.7888 or 1.800.452.1369 for a paper registry form. Please... share your decision with your family!