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Daughter saves mom’s life with kidney donation

May 6, 2020

“What would I not give to my mom,” exclaims Erica! Erica Jackson and her mother Milagros Jackson have a close mother-daughter bond, but they also share another unique bond. That is because Erica donated a kidney to her mother in 2015. “It’s very possible that I could have lost her,” Erica remembers. Milagros had kidney…

A mother’s love: Son saved with kidney donation

April 21, 2020

When Brandi Larson was pregnant with her now five-year-old son Alex, she learned he was going to need a kidney transplant. Alex had Caudal regression syndrome, a disorder that impairs the lower development of the body. The kidneys are often malformed. Without hesitation, Brandi wanted to be his living donor. She had the support of…

Alexandria woman uses social media to find living donor

March 31, 2020

Malkia White needs a kidney transplant to save her life.  In November 2017, she learned she was in renal failure after having chronic kidney disease most of her life. When she was a child, Malkia was diagnosed with Berger’s Disease, a condition that damages the glomeruli inside your kidneys. “I want to live to spend…

Minister grateful for his second chance at life

March 9, 2020

“The journey really took off after the transplant,” shares Dr. Patrick Gee. “Everything I went through with this transplant. Everything that I went through while I was on peritoneal dialysis. Everything that I went through with being hard-headed and not wanting to take care of myself led to divine intervention.” In 2003, Patrick was diagnosed…

Providing Hope One Transplant at a Time

December 6, 2019

Donate Life Virginia Member is Second Living HIV-positive Donor in Nation

Denis & Gary at Heart Walk with Bon Secours Rehab Staff

An Unexpected Friendship

November 22, 2019

Denis Popp will tell you it was his faith and bright outlook that helped him get through the dark days. But he will also tell you the unwavering support of a stranger made a remarkable difference.

Zachary Kelly

Son remembered for his selfless heart

September 13, 2019

Zachary Kelly had the biggest heart and was the type of person who would give you his last $5, so it was no surprise to his family and friends that he would also want to be an organ donor.

Son’s dream of helping others realized through organ and tissue donation

August 23, 2019

For his first Halloween, Robin Buritica Carvajal dressed up as a surgeon. His smile was beaming as he posed in his hospital scrubs for a photo. He was only 15 months old at the time and too young to realize his dream of becoming a doctor one day. Robin, who liked to be called Junior,…

In a father’s words: Steph had a remarkable life.

June 13, 2019

Billy Mutter reflects on his daughter Stephanie Green’s remarkable life for Father’s Day. Father’s Day! What a wonderful day of recognition for all fathers. As my seven-year-old granddaughter recently told me, Father’s Day is “the official time that us kids get to hang out and spend time with our father and grandfathers.” I personally love…

Lights, camera, transplant! A mission to help Hollywood get organ donation right

May 20, 2019

The scene opens in a hospital room. Lights fade, cue cards flash and cameras roll as a doctor walks in to tell a family the bad news – their loved one is dying but his organs can still be used to… CUT! Of every inaccurate organ transplant scene in Hollywood, that’s the one Tenaya Wallace…