In Kindergarten, Nicole and Anna were such good friends that they pretended to be sisters. But since Nicole donated a kidney to Anna in 2007, they "share" a kidney and the gift of life - a bond they feel is closer than sisters.
Stories of Hope
When Patrice Morris Ball says that she believes in organ, eye, and tissue donation, she means it.
My son, Paul Pantle, was passionate about life and lived it to the fullest each day. Paul's laughter is the biggest thing I miss about him.
Patricia “PJ” Iorg was raised to help others whenever possible. At first, that translated into becoming a regular blood donor. Then, her boss told her that he needed a kidney transplant.
Today, Rob and Jen and their two children -- Lauren and Jonathan -- live life to the fullest. And it's all thanks to a generous donor!
After being shot and nearly losing an eye, Robby has a lot of reason to be angry or bitter. Instead, this cornea recipient lives his life with an attitude of gratitude, forgiveness, and perseverance.
Since Rylee got sick at three months old, her family has called her their "courageous miracle." And following her sudden death, Rylee has continued to be a courageous miracle to others through organ donation.
Kidney recipient, Sarah, is excitedly living her "best life." For her, that includes her family, her teaching career, volunteering for Donate Life Northwest, and being a regular blood donor.
Sarah received a heart in 2014. And when she passed away just 2 years later, she gave a final gift -- the gift of sight.
Some people are just givers, and Sherwin is one of those people. When he learned about the need for living donors, he donated a kidney. And since his donation, he continues to give hours of his time to raise awareness and save other lives.
“It’s humbling to set aside your own life for a while so that another person can reclaim theirs.”