Dotty Pantle

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

Dotty Pantle

My son, Paul Pantle, was passionate about life and lived it to the fullest each day. Paul's laughter is the biggest thing I miss about him.

He had 5 children: Josiah, Katauna, Merissa, Dominic, and Cassie. They had an endearing name they called him, "Faja." All had a great relationship with their dad and really enjoyed doing a variety of activities with him. We had family reunions every 2 years and all the kids looked forward to them.  Paul made it fun because he was the biggest kid of all. Paul loved being outdoors, swimming, golf, riding ATV's, walks on the beach. He loved karaoke, a variety of board games, and Sorry Charlie (a dice game). He collected pewter dragons and knives of all sizes. Paul's puppy Brutus was the favorite gift from his wife, Dawn.

He married his soul mate, Dawn, two years prior to his death. Dawn and Paul had talked about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation, so she knew his heart. He always believed in organ donation. Then he was hurt very badly in an ATV accident doing something he really loved to do. Later at the hospital it was determined that he had lost all brain function. Dawn knew he'd want to donate. Because of Paul's gifts, he saved four lives with his heart, both kidneys and his liver. In addition, the gift of both his corneas gave two people sight.

I have written two letters that were shared with his recipients. Over the years, I did receive back three letters from recipients. It was healing for our family to receive them. To know that their lives were enhanced by the gift Paul gave makes him a hero to those who loved him.

Paul's daughter Merissa (now 18) has been a big supporter for DLNW and used this for her senior project to honor her father.  She is also an education ambassador along with her Grama Dot. (That's me!)

I am always talking to people about Donate Life Northwest and the reason I volunteer. Why do I think people should register? There is a child that needs a heart, a mother that needs a kidney, and a teenager that will die without a new liver. The list is endless. If it were me who needed a lifesaving transplant, I would hope that someone out there would make that possible by something as simple as registering. It is a matter of doing the right thing and giving the gift of life. I believe in the program, and it is my way of honoring my son Paul and keeping his memory alive.