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Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network > Organ Donation and Organ Transplant Stories

Organ Donation and Organ Transplant Stories

Here are Gift of Life Stories. These are the stories of loss and hope, pain and joy and acts of selflessness — the emotions and experiences that are at the heart of organ donation and transplantation.

A Gift of Life Unites Two Families in Heart and Song

A Gift of Life Unites Two Families in Heart and Song

The remarkable story of how the Campbells, of Horseheads, New York, and the Scadlocks of Iowa will forever be connected through the gift of life and a song.
Katie’s Star Shines Bright

Katie’s Star Shines Bright

A vibrant and energetic woman loses her life, but her memory lives on through organ donation and a fund to help transplant families.
VIDEO: New Finger Lakes Advertising Campaign - "Pass Life On"

VIDEO: New Finger Lakes Advertising Campaign - "Pass Life On"

"Pass Life On" is a new advertising campaign to promote organ donation registration in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The campaign features beautiful scenes and actions that coincide with a heartfelt address about “The Greatest Person Never Kno...
VIDEOS: Stories About Donation and Transplantation

VIDEOS: Stories About Donation and Transplantation

How does donation and transplantation change lives? To find out, view these video testimonials --- Gift of Life stories from families of donors, transplant recipients and healthcare professionals.
Heart Recipient Scott Hetsko Is LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST

Heart Recipient Scott Hetsko Is LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST

After struggling for six years with a heart condition and being hospitalized for three months, the popular News 8 Rochester meteorologist is grateful every day for his donor who gave him a second chance. Scott and the entire team at News 8 are now...
Surrounded by Dignity and Respect, Our Daughter, Heather, Gave the Gift of Life

Surrounded by Dignity and Respect, Our Daughter, Heather, Gave the Gift of Life

Despite having to struggle with diabetes since she was 18 months old, Heather Semans was a fighter. Described by her family as being "a butterfly who lived freely," 36-year-old Heather saved a stranger's life in January 2015 by donating her liver...
Heart Transplants Lead to Romance and a Partnership Commitment

Heart Transplants Lead to Romance and a Partnership Commitment

Esther FitzRandolph and Danny Pszczolkowski received life-saving transplants and found love. On Nov. 29, 2014, they walked down the aisle and participated in a commitment ceremony at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Anonymous Donor Initiates Upstate's First-Ever FOUR-PERSON Kidney Donor Chain

Sometimes, an act of generosity can have far-reaching consequences. That’s certainly the case when a young man, who lives in the Syracuse area and who prefers to remain anonymous, donated a kidney to a stranger. It led to a Paired Kidney Exchange.
Lisa’s Long Battle for a New Heart

Lisa’s Long Battle for a New Heart

How many recipients can tell the story that while awaiting a heart transplant they were given a hospital “half-day pass” to attend a daughter's wedding ceremony? Incredibly, that’s precisely what happened to Lisa Abbey.
After WAITING FOR 10 MONTHS, Fred Gets a New Heart

After WAITING FOR 10 MONTHS, Fred Gets a New Heart

Fred Knewstub once ran five marathons, several half-marathons and in other endurance runs. Then, when he felt "something like a butterfly" and light headed, he heard the alarming news: He had serious cardiomyopathy causing congestive heart failure....
How Ali Received a New Liver --- and How Her Grandmother Christine Would Be a Liver Donor and Honored at the Rose Parade

How Ali Received a New Liver --- and How Her Grandmother Christine Would Be a Liver Donor and Honored at the Rose Parade

Molly deRoos's daughter Ali received a liver transplant at age 11. Six years later, the family would be presented with the option of giving back: Christine Springer, Molly's mother and Ali's grandmother, became a liver donor. Subsequently, Christine was...
Kathy’s New Kidney Is 68 Years Old—13 Years Older than Her!

Kathy’s New Kidney Is 68 Years Old—13 Years Older than Her!

In 1981, when Kathy Reimer went into kidney failure, Virginia Grile, a sister 13 years older than her didn't hesitate to donate one of her kidneys. Decades later, Kathy is in perfect health, married and the mom of a 22-year-old son.
Liver Recipient Richard Perez Celebrates Life, Rides on the Donate Life Float at the Rose Parade -- and Gives Back

Liver Recipient Richard Perez Celebrates Life, Rides on the Donate Life Float at the Rose Parade -- and Gives Back

"I feel wonderful! My life has changed in ways I cannot explain and every day I’m so thankful to my donor and their family. "
“Third Time Lucky” Saves Herb’s Life

“Third Time Lucky” Saves Herb’s Life

An act of kindness uncovers shocking news for Herbert Bond Jr.: He’s been walking around with hepatitis C, probably for several years. So begins a struggle to get a life-saving liver transplant.
Nonie’s Last Minute Reprieve—a Liver Transplant

Nonie’s Last Minute Reprieve—a Liver Transplant

First, in late October 2012, a warning that without a transplant her future was bleak. And then, a miracle soon after Thanksgiving.

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    • If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the FIRST PRIORITY for emergency physicians and nurses is to SAVE YOUR LIFE, regardless of whether or not you have registered to be an organ donor.
    • Everyone waiting for a transplant is treated fairly and with respect. Objective medical criteria determine how donated organs are allocated to patients on the transplant waiting list.
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