After being diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Carrie received the gift of donated tendon grafts that allowed her to live a normal life.
Gift of Life Stories
Read these inspiring stories about how organ and tissue donation and transplantation touches and transforms lives.
As a transplant recipient and donor son, Rafiah Cheeks has experienced both sides of donation. When his mother passed last year, she gave the gift of sight through cornea donation.
Tiffany had a compassionate spirit, giving attitude and understanding of the importance of organ and tissue donation.
After tragedy brought them together, Carol and Kareem realized they shared a special bond through their faith and the life-saving legacy of organ donation.
When Markita said yes to organ donation, she found comfort knowing that her son Marquis would give others a second chance at life.
“Someone didn’t need their heart anymore, so they were kind enough to donate it to someone who could still use it.”
Whether volunteering at the Food Cupboard, or giving blood to the Red Cross, Nelson is on a mission to help others.
Donor Mom shares the story of her son Anthony, who in his passing gave the gift of life to others.
Arlinda Griffin received a kidney and pancreas transplant that saved her life. Today, her hero’s mother has become like family.
Learn About Organ & Tissue Donation
Gift of Life coordinates the recovery of organs and tissues for transplant. The complex organ and tissue donation and transplant process involves collaborating with highly skilled medical professionals at many different levels.
The first step of the transplant journey is the national waiting list managed by The United Network for Organ Sharing. Currently, there are more than 114,000 people waiting for life-saving organs because there are not enough donor organs for everyone who needs them.
Thousands of lives are saved each year thanks to the unselfish generosity of living donation, which is an increasingly viable option for patients awaiting transplantation.
As a transplant recipient, you may want to write to the family of your donor to share information about your renewed life and to express your gratitude. Here is a resource to aid in finding the right words.
Gift of Life Donor Program is the largest organ procurement organization (OPO) in the United States, serving more than 11 million people across the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. We help and heal lives by coordinating the recovery and distribution of organs and tissues used in life-saving and life-enhancing transplants.