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Levittown, PA Woman Honors Brother’s Life-Saving Gifts at 22nd Annual Donor Dash

In 2015, Michael Wallover, 24, had a fatal accident and passed away.  His family faced one of the darkest tragedies of their lives, but chose generosity and selflessness in spite of their grief.  They said ‘yes’ to organ donation.

That decision saved many lives, as Michael was able to donate five of his organs to those in need.  Michael’s sister, Krista Deguffroy, said, “So many people are able to get a second chance at life through donation.  After going through it, now our eyes are open to all that donors can do.  Donation is a chance to celebrate Michael’s life, and allows his legacy to be one of saving others. I’m so glad our family made the decision.  It has shown me how life can continue on, even after death.”

Krista describes Michael as a funny, honest man – who would have helped anyone.  She said that he always gave his shoulder, ear or money to help anyone who needed it.  “He loved the Flyers, fishing and motorcycles.  He was a kind soul.” she said.

For the second year, Krista and Michael’s family and friends, joined together to celebrate his life and the gifts that he gave to others by participating in the 22nd Annual Donor Dash.  More than 55 people participated as part of their Dash team “Miracles from Michael.” In 2016, the team raised over $6,000 through fundraising for the Dash, which will support organ and tissue donation educational initiatives.

“Last year at the Dash, we had no idea what to expect since it was our first time.” said Krista.  “It was really powerful.  There were so many donor families and recipients there.  People thanked us, and said what a hero Michael was.  We felt camaraderie with everyone there, and it made us realize that we aren’t alone.”

The Donor Dash is a great opportunity to honor donors, like Michael, to celebrate the lives of recipients and to raise awareness about the more than 5,400 men, women and children in Gift of Life’s region (the eastern half of PA, southern NJ and DE) who are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant.

The 2017 Donor Dash witnessed a record number of supporters, with more than 10,000 people in attendance. This year, the Donor Dash will be held on Sunday, April 15 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Visit to register.

Krista said, “There is no greater gift or opportunity than organ donation, to continue the life of your loved one and help others.  I encourage people to register and to share their wishes with their family.”

About Gift of Life Donor Program:

Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 46,000 organ transplants and approximately one million tissue transplants. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people, and a tissue donor can enhance the lives of up to 75 others. For more information or to register, visit

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