Category Archives: Transplant Recipient Stories

  1. Coloradans Celebrate Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation at 2016 9NEWS Parade of Lights

    This holiday season, Coloradans touched by organ, eye and tissue donation will be raising awareness for the cause and trying to inspire others to register at the 9News Parade of Lights. On December 2 and 3, nearly 50 Coloradans that have either had a family member become a donor, or who have received a transplant… Read More

    Donor Alliance in the Community, Donor Family Stories, Transplant Recipient Stories
  2. Volunteer Spotlight: Yvette Matthews

    Donor Alliance volunteers and advocates are the heart and soul of our efforts to inspire and inform our community about the importance of registering as organ, eye and tissue donors in Colorado and Wyoming. Each of our volunteers and advocates has their own unique and inspiring story to tell. This month, we are featuring Yvette… Read More

    Transplant Recipient Stories
  3. Advocate Spotlight: Janet Rost

    In the fall of 2011, Janet Rost fell into end stage liver disease. Her doctor at the time encouraged her to complete her bucket list without delay, but thanks to the ultimate gift from someone she’ll never know, she is living life to the fullest with a new liver. Janet’s problems began when she unknowingly… Read More

    Transplant Recipient Stories
  4. Cayde – Lung Recipient – Cheyenne, WY

    Cayde is a very active little girl. She’s bright, loving friendly and funny! Cayde wasn’t always so energetic though. She couldn’t be. Born 13 weeks early, she started life with the many struggles of a preemie, including pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vein stenosis. The diagnosis discouraged her from running and playing too hard as she… Read More

    Transplant Recipient Stories
  5. Jason – Heart Recipient – Casper, WY

    In 2009 Jason’s world was turned upside down when he went from a healthy, active life to nearly dying in just a month. He began experiencing symptoms of a cold that got progressively worse. Upon visiting a doctor, he was diagnosed with an unusual strain of pneumonia. Just four weeks later he had congestive heart… Read More

    Transplant Recipient Stories
  6. Advocate Spotlight: Scott Pinkney

    Have you always lived in Colorado? No, I packed up my family and moved to California in the early 90’s chasing a job.  We had a print shop for a couple years, turned it over to my partners, and returned home to Colorado.  I found that I’m happier where my wife’s happier. What is your… Read More

    Transplant Recipient Stories
  7. Día del Nino: Celebrate the lives of children saved by organ, eye and tissue donation

    Día del Niño (Children’s day), a Mexican observance celebrated on April 30th, is dedicated to honoring and appreciating children. At Donor Alliance, we are celebrating the lives of the more than 47 thousand children in the U.S. who have received a second chance at life through organ, eye and tissue donation. In our community alone,… Read More

    Events/Observances, Transplant Recipient Stories
  8. Connor – Two Time Heart Recipient

    Connor was diagnosed with a deadly heart disease that required 2 life-saving heart transplants by the time he was 11 years old. Today Connor is an active 24-year-old studying economics and politics. He’s also a musician and plays drums in a punk band. “I hope my story helps people understand that members of their community… Read More

    Transplant Recipient Stories
  9. Transplant recipient letter to the editor: Celebrate National Donate Life Month

    We thank Nieves, of Alamosa, for sharing her heartfelt advocacy for the cause of organ, eye and tissue donation with her hometown newspaper, The Valley Courier, earlier this month. Nieves is a liver transplant recipient; read her message: Letter: Celebrate National Donate Life Month this April at Alamosa Tree Planting After being diagnosed with kidney… Read More

    Donor Alliance in the Community, Events/Observances, Transplant Recipient Stories
  10. Natrona County DA speaks about his heart transplant

    Natrona County, Wyoming District Attorney Michael Blonigen is ready to speak about the life-saving gift he received last fall. Suffering from multiple heart complications after undergoing bypass surgery, stints and even a pacemaker, Blonigen was told by his doctors that his heart was only working at 10% capacity and that he would need a life-saving… Read More

    Donation and Transplantation in the News, Donor Family Stories, Events/Observances, Transplant Recipient Stories
  11. Tiffany’s Story

    Diagnosed with complete cirrhosis of the liver and told by doctors to get her affairs in order, Tiffany’s life was saved because her hero said yes to organ, eye and tissue donation. “I want to encourage others to understand the importance of this incredible gift of donation.” she says, “My transplant has allowed me a… Read More

    Transplant Recipient Stories
  12. Carmen Tarleton – Facial Transplant Recipient

    As part of our Donation Summit program we were honored to have face transplant recipient Carmen Tarleton as a special guest speaker. In 2007, Carmen was brutally attacked with lye by her estranged husband. In 2013 she underwent a ground-breaking face transplant. Now, Carmen travels around the world to tell others about her story of… Read More

    Transplant Recipient Stories
  13. Donor Alliance celebrates National Donor Day with 9 News

    National Donor Day, celebrated on Feb. 14, is an observance that honors organ and tissue donors, celebrates the lives of recipients and recognizes the more than 122,000 Americans and 2,700 Coloradans who are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Donor Alliance Advocates for Life volunteer Joe Drennan, of Highlands Ranch, celebrated his 43rd wedding anniversary on… Read More

    Events/Observances, Transplant Recipient Stories