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. Her parents were told Sophia would need a liver transplant before her first birthday. December 24, 2006, a few months past her 1st birthday, Sophia received her gift of life at Children's Hospital in Seattle, WA where pediatric transplants are performed.
The entire Boyer family was tested for the disorder. Sophia’s brother and sister Abigail are carriers and show no sign of the disease. Sister Tatum exhibits a severe form of the disease and will one day need a transplant like Sophia. With careful attention and medication, she is participating in daily life.
Laura and Brian are passionate supporters of the organ, eye and tissue donor registry. They are forever grateful to Sophia’s donor and donor family for the lifesaving gift their daughter received. While living in Depoe Bay, they participated in a cupcake fundraising event at the coast, and Laura helped educate others by staffing a “Go Recycle Yourself” booth at the elementary school’s Earth Day celebration.