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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.

Family Keeps Son’s Memory Alive through Blood Drive
Family Keeps Son’s Memory Alive through Blood Drive

A lot can change in seven years, but one York, PA family’s pride and peace in their son’s decision to be an organ donor has not wavered. On Thanksgiving 2008, 20-year-old Zac Sweitzer was hit and killed by an underage drunk driver. His parents received a call at 6:00 AM on the holiday with news that no parent ever wants to hear.

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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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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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Little Collin Saves Five Lives
Little Collin Saves Five Lives

Never would I have dreamed that one day I would identify myself as a Donor Family member.

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Parents Dedicated To Raising Awareness in Honor Of Their Daughter
Parents Dedicated To Raising Awareness in Honor Of Their Daughter

Bill and Chris Hankee always knew their daughter Krysta was a loving and generous young woman but they would never of thought she would be giving the ultimate gift of life through tragedy.

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Wilmington, DE Resident and Two Time Kidney Recipient is Doubly Grateful
Wilmington, DE Resident and Two Time Kidney Recipient is Doubly Grateful

In 1983, Nanci Woodson was a senior in high school. She came down with what she then believed was the flu. After nearly two weeks of being sick and having a high fever, she knew it was time to go to the hospital...

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Delaware Heart Transplant Recipient Grateful for Second Chance at Life
Delaware Heart Transplant Recipient Grateful for Second Chance at Life

Newark, DE resident, Sonya Barkley, had what most people would consider a healthy, happy life. As a young person she was active, and played baseball, softball and volleyball. She had never been sick in her life, and didn’t know how devastating illness could be until she was in her 30s.

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The Gift of a Second Chance, More Than a Decade Later
The Gift of a Second Chance, More Than a Decade Later

When Philadelphia native, Laverne Clark, was in elementary school she started having tightness in her chest, shortness of breath and leg cramping. She was examined by doctors, but they didn’t find anything wrong with her. It wasn’t until nearly a decade later at the age of 19 that she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. She was advised to see a cardiologist, but waited six months because she was in shock and denial.

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A Heart in the Nick of time
A Heart in the Nick of time

From birth, Priscilla Lane's days were numbered because of a heart defect.

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Auditions Open Now!

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The Saving Lives is Beautiful Gospel Competition and Program is now accepting audition videos for the July 31 event. Click the image above to find out more!

 

Follow Team Philadelphia

at the 2016 Transplant Games of America.

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Transplant recipients from our region will compete in Olympic-style competition this summer at the Transplant Games of America, held in Cleveland, Ohio. Follow along with the team's progress and cheer on our local athletes as they show the work that transplantation works!

 

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.

 

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