Carrie Nance

Alissa Indra

The brain doctor came in and said, “There’s nothing we can do.” And I said, “I am very adamant about organ donation, so please, whatever you do, don’t ruin his chances to save someone else.”
Alissa's Story

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

Jose Cortes

Alejandra’s life changed eight years ago when her younger brother, Jose, suffered an unexpected heart attack at the age of 35.
Jose's Story

Tara Fox

"My disease is never going to get better. My kidneys will never regain function. I feel like I'm waiting for them to fail so I can start the next chapter of my life. "
Tara Fox's Story

Carrie Nance

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

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

Ordway Lipscomb

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

Maria Fernanda Filizola

When kidney disease runs in the family, ten year old Nevaeh with the help of her parents focuses on hope, gratitude and compassion for others.
Maria's Story

Lindsey Bingham

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

Leslie Coefield

“It has given me great comfort to know that something good could come from the devastating loss of my son."
Leslie'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

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

Cindy Mark

“I still feel very happy to have helped someone else. It was so easy; the recovery time was easy. I would do it again if I could. I wish more people would try to donate.”
Cindy'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

Dotty Pantle

I believe in the program, and it is my way of honoring my son Paul and keeping his memory alive.
Dotty '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

Rob Ayers

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

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 relished 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

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 Ball

My family members have known the heartache of loss, and the bliss of renewed life."
Patrice's Story

Craig Johnson

“I am living today because an organ became available. I am not sure how much longer I could have gone on. I am forever thankful!”
Craig 's Story

Emily Monfort

“Sometimes it’s difficult for people to understand that although I look perfectly normal, my life is not and never really will be ‘normal’ in the usual sense of the word.”
Emily 's Story

Stephanie Holladay

“It’s humbling to set aside your own life for a while so that another person can reclaim theirs.”
Stephanie 's Story

Carrie Nance

Scott ‘Tex’ Nance has an air about him that’s infectious. Whether it's due to his years of experience in public speaking or his subtle southern drawl, when Scott talks, people listen.

When he's not traveling around the world as a software engineer for IBM, Scott is a sought after speaker for Donate Life Northwest. In front of complete strangers, he finds the strength to open up and share his personal and heartbreaking story. He bravely relives his pain in hopes of spreading awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Tragically, Scott's daughter Carrie passed away on August 3, 2004 in a car accident only a week shy of her seventeenth birthday. Although her death could never have been predicted, Carrie had already helped her family prepare. 

Intrigued by the topic, Carrie had chosen to do a research project on organ donation for her health class. Soon after completing her project, Carrie registered as a donor herself, and more importantly, she shared her decision with her family. So when her life ended so suddenly, Scott felt that a traumatic piece was taken out of the puzzle.

For roughly five years, Scott has been telling his and Carrie's story at high schools around Oregon and Southwest Washington. Ultimately, the most important message he hopes to spread is communication among families. "Nobody wakes up thinking, 'I'm going to die today'," he explains. "So it's important to communicate your desires with your family, in case something does happen. That way, they can be prepared."

In the end, Carrie's decision to register as an organ donor saved the lives of four individuals. Had it not been for her choice, a man named Henry who received her liver would not have lived through the week. As painful as her loss remains, "Her death gave life," Scott said. "I lean on those things."

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