Transplant Recipient Stories

Beyond Transplant: A Mother’s Day Story of Two Families United by Organ Donation

Celebrating Motherhood Mother’s Day is a time to recognize all moms for their unconditional love and support. Donor Alliance honors all mothers, including those who are on the waitlist for a lifesaving organ transplant. Our organization, which facilitates organ and tissue donation for transplantation, also recognizes mothers who received the gift of life, and those […]


How Kidney Donation Gave this Father and Son More Time Together – Father’s Day 2023

When a kidney donation is the only option. How did Kevin and his son, Ryan, gain more time together through kidney donation? Kevin Harris faced kidney disease for years. However, two individuals’ considered kidney donation and everything. They allowed Kevin and his son, Ryan, a Super Bowl 50 champion and former Denver Bronco, to create […]


Inspirational Story of Hope – Joe Kovarik’s Heart Transplant

January 30, 2023 // Transplant Recipient Stories

January’s Inspirational Story of Hope Joe Kovarik knows that he wouldn’t be alive today had it not been for the generosity of a woman he had never met, on what was possibly the saddest day of her life. Diagnosed with a genetic heart disease in 1990, Joe continued to work for a decade. He went […]


Exciting Events at the Transplant Games of America

The Donate Life Transplant Games of America were held in San Diego, CA on July 29-August 3, 2022. This event occurs every two years and brings together people all around the nation who have been a connection to organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. This year was especially exciting as the Games hadn’t been […]


Book Reviews: Need Summer Reading Ideas?!

Summer is only halfway over and parents are ready for kids to be back in school! Vacations are mostly over, school supplies are on sale and back to school clothes are out in the stores. It’s also when we remember that there is probably a summer reading assignment hiding in the backpack that hasn’t been […]


Personas como yo mueren en la lista de espera todos los días, pero hoy estoy aquí gracias a mi donante de riñón.

Mi nuevo riñón me ha dado una segunda oportunidad para disfrutar la vida. Por lo tanto, este mes, en reconocimiento del Mes Nacional de Done Vida y en agradecimiento mi donante, invito a todos los residentes hispanos y latinos de nuestra comunidad a decir Sí a la donación de órganos, ojos y tejidos y a […]


What You Should Know About Pancreas Transplants

Pancreas transplants are one of the rarest types of organ transplants performed annually. Only 135 people received a life-saving pancreas transplant in 2020. In fact, pancreas transplants have become increasingly rare since 2004. There are different reasons for this including difficulty in both the recovery and transplantation processes, other available treatments that are less invasive […]


Celebrando la Vida en el Desfile de las Rosas del 2020, —Juan Carlos Montañez

Este año, tuvimos el honor de tener a Juan Carlos Montañez, un receptor de trasplante de riñón local, como representante de Colorado en el 131 ° Desfile de las Rosas en Pasadena, California. Juan Carlos honró a su donante a bordo del 17 ° flota anual de Donate Life Rose Parade el día de Año […]


Celebrating Life at the 2020 Donate Life Rose Parade – Juan Carlos Montanez

This year, we are honored to have Juan Carlos Montanez, a kidney recipient, represent Colorado at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Juan Carlos will be honoring his donor aboard the 17th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float on New Year’s Day. He will be joined by 25 other people from across the country […]


Life After Transplant – Scott’s Story

Preventing rejection, restored health, lifestyle changes, medications, new lease on life – all are part of life after transplant. It’s important to note, however, that everyone’s transplant journey looks a bit different, it’s completely unique to them. Transplant Terminology: Let’s start by breaking down some common phrases and definitions associated with transplant. Preventing Rejection: A […]


For Mom: Three Donation and Transplantation Books Perfect for Mother’s Day

May is finally here bringing blue skies, perfect spring days for hiking, barbeques and yes, Mother’s Day. Finding the perfect gift for mom is no easy task, so we have a few ideas for you to show your mom how much she means to you and say thank you for all she does. Three Perfect […]


Donate Life Float Wins Judges Award at 130th Rose Parade

Thousands of flowers and volunteers helped create this year’s beautiful Donate Life Rose Parade Float. The judges took note and awarded the float the coveted Judges Award! Award – Meaning, History This year the Donate Life Rose Parade Float was awarded the Judges Award for most outstanding design and dramatic impact. This is the third […]