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Stories of Hope

Our goal at Donate Life Northwest is to educate and encourage people to sign up on their state donor registry. Why? To offer hope to the parents of an 11-year-old boy given six months to live unless he receives a heart transplant. To give grieving families the knowledge their loved one left a selfless legacy. To join in celebration of lives saved and sight and mobility restored because a person's decision to donate was known and honored at their time of death. Because organ, eye and tissue donation is about one human being offering the gift of life to another. Submit Your Story
Living Kidney Donor Isabelle Soule's Headshot

Isabelle Soule

When it comes to advocating for organ donation, Isabelle is a force to be reckoned with. A nurse, a nurse educator, a researcher, and a living kidney donor, she’s a passionate and compassionate, determined woman.

Pediatric kidney patient Nevaeh Dewitt with Spiderman at OMSI superhero exhibit

Nevaeh Dewitt

Nevaeh was diagnosed with Alport Syndrome as a child, but for years it lay dormant. As a teen, it was her knees that gave her problems. This led to her receiving tissue allografts. Now, at 17, she is facing kidney failure.

Kidney recipient Margaret Shortreed smiling at pink sheet of paper with little girl and boy

Margaret Shortreed

Margaret faced kidney disease and transplant, but she didn't face it alone. Her family, her Erase the Wait mentor, and her paired kidney exchange partner helped her through it.

Kidney recipient Gloria Little smiling at friend Alison Wiley

Gloria Little

After 2 decades of kidney disease and several years of dialysis, Gloria received the gift of life through a paired kidney exchange.

David Terry

David Terry

David’s lung donor gave him back life and health – and he’s shouting his thanks literally from the mountaintops.

Maria Soreque

Maria Soreque

Maria’s kidney transplant freed her from years of dialysis and makes it possible for her to serve the community who supported her for so many years.

Rick Hulcher

Rick Hulcher

At only 58 years old, with plenty of life to live and love to give, Rick suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke which took his life but allowed him to give the gift of life to others.

Phil Weitz Rsx for SOH

Phil Weitz

Phil, a retiree in Umatilla, is one of our most enthusiastic longtime volunteers. In December 2022, he will celebrate 10 years with the donated heart that saved his life – and almost as long volunteering for DLNW.

Cassie Harris and Son

Cassie Harris

“Momma, I’m a donor. I’m going to save someone one day!”

Kaleb & Mary Romero

Mary Romero

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and kidney transplants were a fact of life when Mary Romero was growing up. When she was 5, her Grandma had a transplant. Then later, her uncle and her dad had transplants as well.