Stories of Hope: Doug – Cheyenne, WY
Heart Recipient Father & Living Donor
In 1986, my son, Keith, received a heart transplant at 18 months old at John Hopkins in Baltimore, beginning Doug’s own story of hope. The transplant extended his life until he was 6 ½ years old, when he passed away.
In the decades to follow, I was so touched by the gift of life that my son received that I often thought of the generosity and selflessness of my son’s donor family. I wondered how I could return the favor.
Because I did not know the family who saved my son’s life, I chose to be a living donor and altruistically give the gift of life to someone else. In September of 2016, I did a non-directed kidney donation. I have not met the recipient, but I do know they were also from Cheyenne, WY.
About his living donation, Doug says, “I think that my son would even say that he was proud of me.”