Cal Mitchell thought he was just going to get some results back on routine blood work that day in 2006. Instead, he learned that life had changed forever with a diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease (PKD).
Stories of Hope
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, 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.
“Momma, I’m a donor. I’m going to save someone one day!”
“I get up every morning and I look out the window and it is absolutely a beautiful thing to be able to see. To me, it's a miracle.”
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.
Amanda was a 27-year-old oncology nurse, working at a job she loved, when life took a hard turn – end stage lung disease.
Austin's sudden, tragic death was a shock to those who knew him. But through his donations, he was able to give others a second chance at life.
Kidney disease may have slowed Margaret a bit, but it hasn't stopped her. For right now, her energy is focused on finding a kidney donor.
For Jen, the most important thing has always been helping others. Thanks to two generous kidney donors, she now has the health and strength to devote to it.
Trisha has always served others. Right now, she's waiting on a kidney transplant so that she can get back to taking care of those she loves.