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Personal Stories

The opportunity of the gift of life through organ donation has a lasting impact on recipients, recipient families, donors and donor families. Find out how these families persevered during their personal donation journey through their own perspectives.

Cherry Hill, NJ Resident Reaches 200,000 Students with Life-Saving Message
Cherry Hill, NJ Resident Reaches 200,000 Students with Life-Saving Message

Twenty-nine years ago, Tom and Vivian Gano’s lives were changed forever. Their teenage son, Curtis, 16, was riding his bike to a friend’s house when he was struck by a van. When doctors confirmed that Curtis was brain dead, Vivian looked beyond her pain and asked about the potential for him to be an organ donor. The family had watched a documentary about organ and tissue donation several years earlier, which inspired her to ask.

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Flores Family Shows Generosity Through Donation
Flores Family Shows Generosity Through Donation

Easton, PA native, Austin Flores, knew how to make others laugh. His witty and likable personality drew people to him, and he was always surrounded by family and friends. Some people are just full of life and love – and Austin was one of them. He also believed in helping others, which is something that he was able to do in November, 2011.

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Glenside, PA Mother of Two Finds Comfort this Holiday in Husband’s Life-Saving Legacy
Glenside, PA Mother of Two Finds Comfort this Holiday in Husband’s Life-Saving Legacy

This Thanksgiving, many Pennsylvania families will break bread and celebrate all that they are thankful for. Thanksgiving is a special day to share with loved ones, express gratitude and indulge in an abundance of delicious food. Often, the holidays can be a bittersweet time for many who have lost loved ones. Jackie Kelble knows this feeling well. She lost her beloved husband, Dave, in 2012. The couple has two children together, Brooke, 7, and Tyler, 5.

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Milford, DE Mother Heals through Daughter’s Organ Donation
Milford, DE Mother Heals through Daughter’s Organ Donation

For firefighter and EMT, Laura Mallow, one of the hardest challenges she ever faced was not being able to save her 17-year-old daughter, Brittney Ford. In December 2014, Laura was at the fire station decorating fire trucks for Christmas when she heard a dispatcher announce an accident. A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle – and they gave Laura’s home address.

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His Name Means "Gift of Hope"
His Name Means "Gift of Hope"

Cynthia London named her son Sipho Thembla - a South African name meaning "gift of hope." Sipho was my gift, and he brought hope to six other people at his death. Sipho was an organ donor.

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High School Senior Celebrates 1st Christmas with the Ultimate Gift, a Life-Saving Kidney
High School Senior Celebrates 1st Christmas with the Ultimate Gift, a Life-Saving Kidney

Dallas, PA resident, Andrew Schukraft, was an active 16 year old when his life was changed forever. He played soccer and tennis from the time he was a child, and had just been named captain of his soccer team. He was always physically active and felt healthy, never thinking that he would be someone with health issues.

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Transplant Recipient Relied on Faith While Waiting for Kidney and Pancreas Transplants
Transplant Recipient Relied on Faith While Waiting for Kidney and Pancreas Transplants

At six years old, Philadelphia resident, Arlinda Griffin, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. She was put on insulin and was restricted from all the sweets that children often love – candy, cookies and sugar of any type. By the time she reached her late teens, she began suffering from seizures that doctors said were related to her diabetes.

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Local Transplant Recipient Grateful for Gift of Life and Motherhood
Local Transplant Recipient Grateful for Gift of Life and Motherhood

Diana Awad Joins Gift of Life Institute’s Transplant Pregnancy Registry International for 25thAnniversary Celebration

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Hudson: Waiting for The Gift of Life
Hudson: Waiting for The Gift of Life

This story was submitted by Hudson’s parents, Tori & Theodore DeMartini detailing their journey on the waiting list.

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Jorge Arroyo Gives Back after Receiving the Gift of Life
Jorge Arroyo Gives Back after Receiving the Gift of Life

South Philadelphia resident, Jorge Arroyo, was blessed with good health when he was young. He stayed active, playing basketball and baseball, and he was always up to have fun in his neighborhood. His family was plagued with diabetes, and Jorge spent his life diligently getting his blood work checked to make sure that he was healthy. He was fortunate and was the only member of his family who escaped the disease.

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Sofia & Stefani
Sofia & Stefani

Learn more about Family House guests, Sofia, double-lung transplant recipient, and her twin sister Stefani, still awaiting her life-saving transplant.

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It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!

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Inspire. Advocate. Share your story...

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Gift of Life works tirelessly to rewrite the stories for the more than 5,600 people in our region waiting for their second chance at life. The gift of organ and tissue donation truly can change someone's life and rewrite their story. How has the Gift of Life rewritten your story? Share with us.

 

Threads of Love Donor Quilt

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Explore the online quilts to view the quilt squares provided by the loved ones of those who died and gave the gift of life. The actual quilts are available for display in public places throughout the region to promote donor awareness.

 

Register for the 2017 Dash

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The 22nd Annual Donor Dash is designed to help promote organ and tissue donation and highlight the success of transplantation.

April 2, 2017.

Learn more about the event and register today!

 
 
 
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