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

Teresa Higby

Teresa was in her late 30s when she received the diagnosis for the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy that had taken the life of her brother. Thanks to the cardiology team at Cedars-Sinai and a donor named Jennie, Teresa lives a life of active gratitude.

Nelson Zepeda

Nelson's illness came suddenly and quickly led to a life of medications, restrictions, and dialysis. But now, because of the generosity of a donor, Nelson is living to encourage those still on the waiting list.

Mark Tatom

Unexpectedly stricken with Necrotizing Fasciitis -- a flesh-eating bacteria, Mark spent a month in a coma. Today, he is thankful for the skin and tissue grafts that saved his life, and he spends his days giving back.

Norrine Smokey-Smith

Norrine is grateful for breath, life, and the ability to serve -- both the Donate Life community and the Native American community.

Teresa Rambaud

Thanks to four cornea donors and their families, Teresa sees and lives life in bright, vivid color.

Addie Neal

Since August 8, 2010, Addie 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.

Alysia Yamasaki

Alysia is grateful for both of the kidney donors and the donor families who are making life possible for her.

Bernadette Artharee

I was 25 years old and 7 months pregnant with my son, Hasan, when I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. I needed a kidney transplant to live.

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.

Cal Mitchell

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).