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The Fight and the Swap

The Fight and the Swap

At the age of 51, Retired Master Sergeant Douglas “DJ” Jordan already knew he needed a liver transplant. He just hadn’t told his family.He’d shared the news with a close network of friends and colleagues, but he hadn’t told his family...

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A recovery nurse in recovery

A recovery nurse in recovery

As a post-anesthesia nurse, Laure Jean-Richard has helped her fair share of transplant recipients recover. And for years, she knew that some day, she’d be on the table herself. Laure was diagnosed with lupus at age 26, and her medical experience...

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One more day: Richmond toddler waits for a heart

One more day: Richmond toddler waits for a heart

Twin brothers Stonewall and Hawkeye aren’t your average set of toddler twins—they follow each other around like other little boys, each trying to run as fast as the other, and each collapsing happily into the arms of their doting parents. They’re...

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One heart and the will to stay positive

One heart and the will to stay positive

Melinda Dillon has lived through the unthinkable, although you’d never know it from the way she talks. She’s upbeat, funny, and practically glows with life—she’s taken the words on the small tattoo at her wrist seriously, and she works hard to...

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All Heart: Suffolk rallies for teen heart recipient

All Heart: Suffolk rallies for teen heart recipient

Chaunta Chalmers did what she always did while Jasmine was in the hospital last year: she looked at her little girl (far too little, in fact—a teenager trapped in an eight-year-old’s body) and said, “We’re going to do the best with what we have...

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3 ways to save a life in 2018

3 ways to save a life in 2018

We like to think of New Year’s resolutions not as a way you can work on bettering yourself (we think you’re pretty great already), but as an opportunity for looking at the world and deciding how you’ll be a bigger part of it. Sometimes playing...

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Fairfax Couple Rings in the New Year with New Hearts

Fairfax Couple Rings in the New Year with New Hearts

Taylor and Collin’s life together officially started in 2016 when they began dating. A young couple living outside of Washington, D.C., they’re celebrating their second Christmas together as they figure out the future and reminisce about a past...

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Thankful for time: A Galax family heads south for Christmas

Thankful for time: A Galax family heads south for Christmas

While other children are dreaming of a white Christmas, Audrey Gillespie is dreaming of palm trees and Mickey Mouse this year. Audrey spent her first Christmas in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant but this year, she’ll spend her fifth...

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