Donor Alliance is proud to be a Supporting Sponsor of the 2012 9NEWS Parade of Lights! Watch for Donate Life Colorado‘s “Gift of Life” balloon on November 30th and December 1st as our staff, Advocates and partners escort the balloon through downtown Denver, encouraging members of the community to designate their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors during the holiday season.
The Parade of Lights will be telecast live on 9News KUSA on November 30th at 8:00 p.m. and rebroadcast on December 8th at 6:00 p.m. (My20), December 16th at 5:00 p.m. (My20) and December 24th at 10:35 p.m. (9News).
Meet Our Balloon Handlers
Linda Seavey, Liver Recipient; Evergreen, CO
Last year Linda Seavey suddenly went from the picture of health to acute liver failure from an unknown cause. Her health deteriorated quickly and doctors told her that she had only days, perhaps just hours to live. Luckily, Linda received a liver transplant last February, in time to save her life. Linda credits the courage and compassion of her donor’s family for her life today. Now Linda tells others: you can be someone’s miracle by registering to be an organ, eye or tissue donor.
Lydia Martinez, Grandmother of a Recipient; Denver, CO
At the delicate age of just 13 days old, Lydia Martinez’s grandson Gabriel was the recipient of a heart transplant. Thanks to the generosity of another family, Lydia’s own family is enriched by the presence of Gabriel – now a healthy 6-year-old. The donation of the heart to Gabriel has touched Lydia profoundly and now she reminds others to be grateful every day, give without expectation, embrace life, love unconditionally, share joy and continue your legacy by saying “yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation.
Robin Mitchell, Donor Mom; Centennial, CO
Robin Mitchell lost her son Joe in 2008. Despite her grief, she found hope and pride in the fact that Joe’s death gave life and healing to many in need. In fact, Joe’s decision at 15-years-old to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor meant that after his passing five men were saved with organ transplants and two men received restored sight with cornea transplants. Robin calls Joe a hero for his choice, and encourages others to talk to their families about registering as donors. “Who knows,” she said. “You could be someone’s hero.”
Bill Fleming, Heart Recipient; Denver, CO
Bill Fleming says he is alive today for one reason: a young man made the decision to save lives when he registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor after his 21st birthday. Bill received the lifesaving gift of a heart transplant in 2010 from that donor. Bill has been a registered donor himself for many decades because he believes in the hope of saving and healing others through organ, eye and tissue donation. Read more of Bill’s story.
Patricia Thomas, Donor Mom; Cody, WY
Patricia Thomas has made it her life’s mission to promote organ and tissue donation in memory of her daughter, Kathleen, who became a cornea donor in 2008. Patricia was especially touched after learning that a previously blind woman from Japan was the recipient of one of Kathleen’s corneas, which restored her sight. Patricia wants others to understand how organ, eye and tissue donation can save or improve lives. She knows that her daughter would be proud and supportive of her work.
Claire Montour, Heart, Liver and Kidney Recipient; Denver, CO
Following her contraction of a rare disease that causes organ failure, Claire Montour needed multiple organ transplants in order to survive. In 2008 she was the lucky recipient of a donated heart, liver and kidney. Now Claire is thriving thanks to her lifesaving gifts, and she knows that every day she lives is one more than she would have had without the transplants. She reminds others: no matter your circumstance or age, you can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.
Sheri Caldwell, Heart Recipient
After battling a congenital heart defect all her life and eventually nearly losing her fight, Sheri Caldwell received the gift of life in 2011, in the form of a heart transplant from a deceased donor. Now Sheri is outspoken about the need for everyone to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.
Janet Rost, Liver Recipient; Greenwood Village, CO
Following a near-fatal car accident in 1980 Janet Rost received a blood transfusion that saved her life. Nearly 20 years later Janet learned that unfortunately the blood she received had been infected with Hepatitis C and she had the disease. In fact, it had nearly destroyed her liver. By 2011 she was in end-stage liver disease and her doctor told her to start checking off her “bucket list.” But a miracle happened nearly a year later – Janet became the recipient of a liver transplant. Not only did the gift of life save Janet’s, but it restored a good quality of life for her and her family. She says “I want my donor and her family to know that she lives on through my positive energy and there are not words to express my gratitude. RECYCLE LIFE!”
Tim Colleran, Son of a Recipient; Parker, CO
Tim Colleran experienced the gift of life up close when 16 years ago his mother received a liver transplant. The gift allowed Tim’s mother to regain a healthy life until she contracted cancer, which took her life in 2011. However, after her liver transplant Tim’s mother had the chance to become a grandmother to eight children – something she would have otherwise missed. Tim now encourages others to sign up as an organ, eye and tissue donor to save lives, adding “one person can make such a difference.”
Saul and Judith Cordero, Donor Parents; Denver, CO
Saul and Judith Cordero passionately fight for the cause of organ, eye and tissue donation in memory of their daughter, Eva. When Eva passed away she donated seven organs to six people in need. Judith says the opportunity to help build awareness for donation “has helped us to look at our daughter not as someone who we have lost, because she will always be with us, but as someone who carried out a very special mission that she came to this earth to do. Eva lives on in those she loved and saved.”