The Reesey Family Story
“It Took A Simple ‘Yes’ To Save Their Lives”
“I said yes to donation that day and that decision continues to give me much comfort. I know my son is a hero who saved the lives of three other kids. They walk the earth every day because of Marquis." When Markita said yes to organ donation, she found comfort knowing that her son Marquis would give others a second chance at life.
Learn more about Markita’s story here.
Carrie’s Story – A girl, her guitar, and a promise
After being diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Carrie received the gift of donated tendon grafts in her shoulders that allowed her to live a normal life. She wrote a letter of sincerest gratitude to the family of the tissue donor who changed her life.
See her full story here.
Onyi – Sprinting Ahead After Transplant
Onyi Kenine received a life-saving liver transplant as an infant and it has never held her back from living a normal, healthy life. Her donor is always in her mind as she lives the best life she can.
Learn more about Onyi’s story here.
Retired Army Major Overcomes Disease Through Transplantation
Joe Pratt proved himself a hero, serving two tours in Vietnam for his country. Later, he would find he needed a hero to save his own life: a hero to give the gift of life.
Read Joe's story here.
York County boy gets new heart at CHOP as transplants resume in Philadelphia area
In the midst of COVID-19, four-year-old Zach needed a life-saving heart transplant. Thanks to a selfless family’s decision to say “yes” to organ donation, Zach received his new heart and a chance to run, play and grow!
Read more of Zach’s story here.
The Heart of a Champion: Derek’s Story
Derek Fitzgerald is the first cancer survivor and heart transplant recipient to complete a full Ironman competition. He gives all praise to the hero organ donor who saved his life.
Learn more on Derek’s story here.
Life After Loss: Anthony’s Story
After losing his life in a car accident, Anthony gave the gift of life by being an organ donor. His legacy lives on in the hearts of those who loved him and now even those who never knew him. Anthony's mother, Melanie, shares her son's story and explains the impact her faith has had on her grief journey.
Find out more on Anthony’s story here.
Two Families, Two Faiths: Joined by Ryan’s life-saving legacy
“Whether you call him God or Jehovah or Allah, it’s all God and can bring anyone together…” After tragedy brought them together, Carol and Kareem realized they shared a special bond through their faith and the life-saving legacy of organ donation.
Learn more about this special story here.
Carol & Kareem’s Story
Gift of Life Stories
Read these inspiring stories about how organ and tissue donation and transplantation touches and transforms lives.
About Gift of Life:
Gift of Life Video – An introduction video to Gift of Life Donor Program.
Overview – Gift of Life Donor Program is the nation’s leading organ procurement organization coordinating more organ and tissue donors than anywhere else in the United States.
Fact Sheet – An up-to-date guide to Gift of Life and organ and tissue donation.
Our Impact 2020 – A PDF version of Gift of Life’s 2020 End of Year results.
Leadership – Meet the team of skilled leaders has allowed Gift of Life Donor Program to coordinate more organ donors than anywhere else in the world.
Coping with Grief
Faith and Organ Donation
Hear from transplant recipients and donor families about how faith guided them through their donation/transplant journey.
10 Reasons to Say Yes to Organ Donation
Organ donors save lives. Learn of 10 reasons to say yes and how that decision saved lives here.
Organ Donation and Transplantation: How it Works
Gift of Life coordinates the recovery of organs and tissues for transplant. The complex organ and tissue donation and transplant process involves collaborating with highly skilled medical professionals at many different levels. Learn more about the process here.
Statistics on Organ Donation
How many people are waiting for a transplant? Who receives organs and what organs are most needed? This section introduces you to the data and connects you to more detailed statistics on the waiting list, transplantation, organ donation, and registration.
Myths and Misconceptions on Organ Donation
Sometimes, myths and misperceptions about organ, eye, and tissue donation can prevent someone from signing up. You can help bust the myths about organ donation—and help save lives—by learning and sharing these facts.
These are unprecedented times. People across the country are adjusting to major disruptions in their daily lives as a result of COVID-19. The impact is wide-reaching – resulting in drastic changes to work and school routines, financial and food security and imposed social restrictions – all of which have left many grappling with the loss of normalcy. Gift of Life Donor Program’s team of licensed social workers have put together a guide on dealing with grief amid the pandemic:
Gift of Life Stories