"Going through with the surgery was the best thing I could have ever done, and I even grew three inches after the procedure. I think it’s safe to say that if I didn’t receive donor bone, I would be living a completely different life."
“We are so proud of our daughter and hold her memory high in our hearts. Though nothing will ever replace our dear Eva, we do take solace in the fact that her loving spirit gave new life to six others.”
"I am so humbled and grateful to the generous individual and family members who made these healthy additional years possible for me, and I work every day to be take good care of my body and be as kind to everyone as I can, to be worthy of this spectacular gift."
"Jake always made the choice to live, to love and to laugh. It is by the grace of God, the love of family and friends and the compassion of complete strangers, that we survived losing him...I choose to keep Jake's spirit alive by facing each day just as he would have."
“Sometimes I listen to Gabriel’s heart beat through a stethoscope as he sleeps and have that profound feeling of knowing if it weren’t for someone making the decision to donate life, I would not have my son.” -Lisa, Gabriel's mom
“I would love to meet the family of my donor. I would hug them and tell them thank you for the gift they gave to me...I want to reassure others that donating tissue is lifesaving, not just life changing.”
“My son Tyler’s gifts will continue to give a better life to so many people; and knowing this has done so much for our family.”
“Thanks to my brother and living donor Harold, I can say I have had a healthy kidney with no rejection episodes for the past 13 consecutive years.”
2014 was a landmark year for tissue donation and transplantation, including bone, skin, heart valve and joint donations, with the number of donors increasing 35% from 2013’s record year. Nearly 1 million names were also added to state donor registries in 2014.
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