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"Life is a gift"

“It is a responsibility to fight for it,” says heart recipient José and his sister, Alejandra

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Josh, Bethany, Hannah Goralski

Bethany and Hannah, kidney donors

On March 14 and 15, Hannah and I each donated one of our healthy kidneys to a complete stranger at Northwestern. It was a wonderful experience and I wish I could do it again.


Juniper, story of hope

Juniper, heart recipient

On September 17, 2014 Juniper received a lifesaving heart transplant. Read her story.


Lindsay Ess, double hand recipient

Lindsay, double hand recipient

Double hand recipient Lindsay Ess, who is the patient representative on the new VCA committee, proudly shows her support of UNOS at our United for UNOS event.


CJ, kidney recipient, story of hope

CJ, kidney recipient

As a travelling comedian, he shares his transplant story with humor and realism. C.J. founded the non-profit WeCareRVA and is an avid UNOS community volunteer.


Jodi, story of hope

Jodi, non-directed kidney donor

Jodi donated her kidney in 2013 as part of a kidney paired exchange at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. “Donating has been one of the most impactful experiences of my life, and I’ve had the good fortune not just to meet my recipient, Julie, and her husband, Ray, but to get to know them well,” said Jodi, who is a wellness coach.


Sydney, organ donor, story of hope

Sydney, organ donor

8-year-old Sydney Elizabeth received her angel wings on June 21, 2017. A 3-year-old received Sydney’s heart, and Sydney will always be in her parents’ hearts.


Jim Price with son Andrew

Jim, liver recipient

“After a successful transplant performed by Dr. Amit Sharma on Thursday August 22, 2013, I returned to a normal life.”


Kathy, story of hope

Kathy, islet recipient

Kathy lived with diabetes for nearly 50 years. Her insulin reactions were frequent and severe. An islet cell transplant changed her life.


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