On July 14, 1997, God blessed me with my second son. Joseph Robert Grayson. On December 2, 2013, God decided it was time for him to go back. No one at the hospital asked me about donating his tissue. We asked them. Joseph was a giving child and it just seemed like it was what he wanted us to do. I have talked to one of the recipients and I have been truly blessed by this experience!
In August 1995 my brother was having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, which was successful, but as the Dr.said during surgery… his kidneys shut down. With no idea of any problem with them, we were in total shock.
My parents, my sister and I were all tested as a possible match and thanks to God he and I were a perfect match. We couldn’t have been more perfect had we been twins. There was no question at all that I would donate. So, in December, I started going through testing and was able to give him a kidney on January 1st, 1996. He is still alive today and doing very well with no problems. So, after already being an organ donor, I registered to continue to be.
Hi! I’m Matthew Darling! On the surface, I am a normal person. I am a college student, I participate in theater, choir, and several other activities around my college campus, but what many people do not know is that 16 years ago, I may have not had the chance to experience all the joys and struggles that life brings. At the age of three, I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, a diagnosis that would change the course of my life, as well as the lives of those around me. When I arrived at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in November 1997, I was days, if not hours, away from dying. I was immediately placed on hemodialysis, and began a long extended stay at the hospital. After months of testing, I received a kidney. On March 3, 1998, my dad donated his kidney to me. Fast foreword 16 years later, and I am now a biology major, with an intent to become a doctor. Transplantation gave me hope, life, and a purpose in this world. Become a donor, and change a life in more ways than one.
“Comforting Words Give Hope and Can Make a Difference”
Educate each other the truth about which organs and tissues can be donated and what the impact it will have on their families. In her book, Ruppel shares stories including that of her family’s experiences with life saving donations and in 2008, was first impacted by organ donations after her daughter died.
The mother of a tragic motorcycle crash victim, Amy Ruppel has written a book about the life and loss of her daughter. Lisa, 19, a pre nursing sophomore from Wisconsin, was just starting her 2nd year continuing her education at University of Dubuque Iowa, died from her injuries from the crash. The Iowa Donor Network staff asked if donating Lisa’s organs would be a possibility, her mother agreed and now four more lives live on whereas otherwise they would not. Amy hopes to make people aware that donating organs is the best gift ever. Educate each other the truth about organ donation.