Even at her sickest, Juana Hernandez believed in helping her family and community. With her donor's kidney, she has much more energy to continue serving those around her.
Hayley Resk is a happy, healthy graduate student after receiving a partial liver transplant from the most important person in her life, her mother.
"When you find out your child is going to need a transplant, it's the first time as a parent you feel like there's nothing you can do," Hayley Resk's mom, Julie, explains. "We just needed to be around people, we needed to volunteer; we needed something positive to channel what we're dealing with into." Julie's struggle with her daughter's liver disease turned into a story of HOPE.
After years of waiting for and not receiving a donor liver, conversations with doctors and careful consideration, Julie donated a portion of her liver to Hayley. Today, Hayley is a graduate of the University of Oregon and living out her dreams, studying Marine Biology as a graduate student at the University of Florida.
Volunteering for Donate Life Northwest has been therapeutic for Hayley's parents, Julie and Jim Resk. Julie and Jim, a pediatrician, have volunteered at Donate Life Northwest golf tournaments and Lifesavers breakfasts, as well as participated in panel discussions and presented at Discover OHSU. Julie also served two terms as a board member. They are using their hands and voices to encourage more people to consider donation and save lives. The Resk family embodies the meaning of HOPE.