Transplant Recipient Stories

2019 Donate Life Rose Parade Float Rider – Colleen Reed

This year, we are honored to be represented at the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. by Colleen Reed. Colleen is traveling from Denver to ride aboard the 16th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float on January 1. Following the 130th Rose Parade’s theme, “The Melody of Life,” which celebrates music, the 2019 Donate Life […]

Tissue Recipient Meets His Donor’s Mother

Tissue Recipient Meets His Donor’s Mother AlloSource and Donor Alliance worked together to introduce Phil, a cartilage recipient, to his donor’s mother, Annette. A former Division I soccer player and active father, Phil attributes his mobility to the generosity of his tissue donor, Marcos. Read the full story of Marcos, Phil and Annette here.

Celebrating Our Advocates for Life During National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) is a time to celebrate our amazing Advocates for Life. National Volunteer Week: National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to promote volunteerism, recognize and appreciate volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about. Celebrating Our Advocates for Life: Here at Donor Alliance we’d like […]

Advocate Spotlight: Dana Rojas

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 Dana […]

Staff Spotlight: Karley Beddoe

We’re so proud to work with each and every one of our staff members here at Donor Alliance. In our Staff Spotlight, we like to take a minute to let you learn more about who we are and why we work at Donor Alliance. Name: Karley Beddoe Position: Tissue Donor Coordinator Years at Donor Alliance: […]

American Heart Month: Nearly Four Thousand Americans Waiting for Heart Transplants

February is American Heart Month. It is likely that you know someone who has been affected by heart disease with more than two thousand Americans dying every day of cardiovascular disease. There are currently nearly four thousand Americans waiting for a lifesaving heart transplant, nearly 100 of which are in Colorado and Wyoming. Eva Krynovich […]

2017 Rose Parade Float Rider – Jeff Leone

This year, we are honored to have Jeff Leone represent us at the 129th Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. Jeff is traveling from Denver to escort the 15th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float on January 1. Jeff will be joined by 24 other individuals from around the country whose lives have also been impacted […]

Wyoming Driver Services Employee Shares Personal Connection to Donation

During DMV Appreciation Week, we join our counterparts around the country to honor the staff at Colorado and Wyoming Driver License offices for all of their hard work and efforts towards raising awareness of and increasing registrations for organ, eye and tissue donation. Nearly 200 Wyomingites await a life-saving transplant. Kely Nelson, staff member at […]

Video: Heart Recipient Writes Children’s Book

Receiving a heart transplant at just 2 years of age, Syriah wanted to give back. Working with her teacher at Northglenn High School, Syriah wrote a children’s book to help kids like her who were facing a transplant. Syriah presented that book along with others written by her classmates to the Transplant Center at Children’s […]

Heart Recipient rides in the “Daddy of ’em all!”

Cheyenne Frontier Days PRCA Rodeo, truly the “Daddy of ’em all”, included a special cowboy again this year. Ryan Rochlitz, a CFD Alum and a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, competed again this year. He shared his story of receiving a life-saving gift. Ryan says, “People may not think about registering to be […]

Organ Donation Allows Grateful Dad to Spend Father’s Day with His Sons

By Douglas Carlson, liver transplant recipient As a recipient of a life-saving liver transplant, when Father’s Day rolls around each year and I’m spending time – that I wasn’t sure I was going to get to have – with my sons, I like to reflect on my second chance at life, and to be thankful […]

Mexican Consulate in Denver celebrates National Blue and Green Day

On April 21, the Mexican Consulate in Denver hosted its second ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate National Blue & Green Day in an effort to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation within the Hispanic community. This special day in April encourages the public to dress in blue and green to raise awareness on the […]