After 2 decades of kidney disease and several years of dialysis, Gloria received the gift of life through a paired kidney exchange.
Stories of Hope
To look at Jennifer, it’s hard to tell that she’s as sick as she really is. To most people who spend time around this real estate professional and single mom of three, Jennifer looks “normal.” But as she has learned, there’s nothing “normal” about chronic illness.
“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.”
Alejandra’s life changed when her younger brother, Jose, suffered an unexpected heart attack at the age of 35.
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.
Justice's transplant was a gift of hope. We are lucky that Justice is able to play, grow, learn, and love. Everyone should have that chance.
While Justin left behind the memories of an active young man that brought smiles to his classmates and family, it was his legacy of being an organ donor that left the biggest impact.
At a mere four-years-old, Katy was deemed strong and old enough for open-heart surgery. It was then that she received a pulmonary artery.
An average kidney transplant lasts between 10-15 years. The kidney Ken received from his mother has lasted over 45 years -- still going strong and looking forward to the future.
Loren's death was sudden and unexpected, but he lives on through his kidney and liver donations. His wife and daughters also continue to share his lifesaving legacy.
After Luanne's living kidney donation, she thought, "What can I do next?" And the answer was the Erase the Wait mentorship program -- where she met Ashley.