Stories of hope

"Life is a gift"

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

Christmas tree with red banner containing words'National Tree of Life'

Dec. 17: National Tree of Life

Celebrate life, honor the gift, and remember the lifesaving generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and donor families. Join the livestream beginning at 5 p.m. EST. Learn more about the event.
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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.


Auburn, lung recipient, story of hope

Auburn, lung recipient

Auburn was listed for lungs on October 4, 2016, and 20 days later received a double-lung transplant. Just a month later, Auburn was breathing at 90% lung function.


Liza, story of hope

Liza, kidney/pancreas recipient

Liza is a kidney/pancreas transplant recipient. Now she helps others with lifesaving transplants.


James Averette, liver recipient, story of hope

James, liver recipient

James received a liver transplant July 17, 2013. Every year following his annual December checkup, James and his wife Janis visit UNOS and the Trees of Life to pay tribute to his donor and to thank UNOS for making the lifesaving match.


Brayden, story of hope

Brayden, liver recipient

Brayden was diagnosed with biliary atresia when he was only 3 months old. After his second liver transplant, he is doing well.


Travis, double lung recipient, story of hope

Travis, double lung recipient

Travis is a two-time double-lung recipient. His first transplant took place on February 26, 2013.


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