Tag "organ donation"

Dear Micheala, I have memories of us as little girls playing outside together, digging up dirt, jumping off the rope swing in the back yard and fighting over who was mom’s favorite. I never would have thought that one day › Continue Reading

As I prepare to ride a bike for 700 miles over the next seven days—for the third year in a row—I am both nervous and excited. Nervous because I know the ride is challenging. Excited because I am passionate about › Continue Reading

I’ll never forget how my daughter came to realize the grave importance of sharing her transplant story. Angely was 11 years old at the time and in need of a life-saving kidney transplant. We were waiting our turn at the › Continue Reading

I’ve been asked several times why the butterfly is such a meaningful symbol, not just for me and my fiancé Ty, but for the entire transplant population. And put quite simply, it’s important because a butterfly symbolizes hope. Before it › Continue Reading

Maren Foster and Liam Sprague both had organ transplants on February 25th, 2014 at Cincinnati Children’s. Their organ donor was a young boy named Fuentez, who died – along with both of his parents and three siblings – in a › Continue Reading

Yesterday in Part I of this transplant story, Liam Sprague’s mom, Carolynn, and Maren Foster’s dad, Travis, told us about their children who both had a life-saving organ transplant on February 25, 2014 at Cincinnati Children’s. What follows is the story of › Continue Reading

This summer Asia went through driver’s ed class. One day the students watched a video on organ donation. I had spoken with the instructor earlier in the week about Asia’s heart transplant because she had been at a doctor’s appointment. › Continue Reading

If you know me, you may notice that my life seems to have a recurring theme of nines. Until the age of nine, I was a perfectly healthy child; taking dance classes and playing in the local soccer league. But, › Continue Reading

Leston Crawford, a 14-year-old in Cincinnati, has been treated at Cincinnati Children’s for chronic kidney disease and is currently awaiting a kidney donor. “Leston, like many kids that we see, had an abnormality to his bladder where it doesn’t work › Continue Reading

September is a big month in our home for a few reasons. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  As a childhood cancer family, we try to spread the word as much as possible.  We wear gold.  We paint fingernails gold.  We › Continue Reading

In December 2000, Dawn Werner began making funeral arrangements for one-year-old daughter Asia. Because the baby girl was born with multiple heart defects, doctors at Cincinnati Children’s expected her to live just a few more days without a transplant. Hundreds › Continue Reading