Gary Lodge

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

Gary Lodge

Gary Lodge was a writer, loved the outdoors and wanted to make a positive impact on the world.  He was a son to Brenda Cervantes, a fiancé to Tanesha Hyde, and best friend to both.  Gary treasured his personal relationships.  He knew what mattered most in life was the imprint you leave on the people you touch, not the possessions you collect along the way.

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. 

At the same time, a woman awaited the arrival of her family as she lay dying in a hospital bed.  She was in desperate need of a heart transplant.  As her family arrived to say their goodbyes, they saw a brilliant rainbow painted across the sky, and for a brief moment, they let themselves hope it was a sign of a miracle about to happen.  Indeed, they would soon learn that a donor heart had become available.

Brenda Cervantes, immersed in the grief of the loss of her son, looked up and saw the same rainbow.  She thought perhaps Gary, always eager to put a smile on her face, had painted that rainbow to remind her of the beauty and good still surrounding her. 

Gary left behind a mother, a father, a fiancé, and a baby he never held.  He left his imprint of kindness and compassion on countless friends, family, and strangers.  Gary’s important decision to be an organ donor transformed his tragic death into HOPE for 88 people, including six organ recipients.  His corneas gave sight to two and his tissues restored mobility and improved the lives of 80 people!  Gary’s legacy is HOPE.