Lifeline Blog

Real stories about what is possible when you #SayYES.

Breath of Life: Double Lung Recipient Sprints to Aspen

By Kelly Vance / December 16, 2016

Hello world!

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Marching for Sarah: Grandparents Cope through Advocacy

By Kelly Vance / December 7, 2016

“Bubbles. They float through the air, they shimmer and glow. They fascinate us with their tremendously complex simplicity. They are both with a breath of air, they pass our way but once, and then, in the blink of an eye, they are gone. But even though they are gone we remember them.” So began the…

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‘The Day My Life Changed’: Honoring Andrew at the Tree of Life

By Kelly Vance / December 5, 2016

At the age of 27, Andrew Meadowcroft’s final act in life was to save four people and give sight to two others. On December 1, his mother, Lori Burda, spoke of her son’s life-saving gift of organ donation as she hung the first ornament on the Tree of Life at the United Network for Organ…

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13 and Waiting: A New Heart for Jasmine

By Kelly Vance / November 28, 2016

Jasmine Chalmers turned 13 last week. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, she was supposed to be celebrating in Disney World. The Make-A-Wish foundation was throwing a Bon Voyage party for her before she left for Florida. Instead, she spent her birthday in the hospital, recovering from an intestinal issue, unable to eat or drink. Now she will…

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Peanut Butter for Thanksgiving (and other Blessings)

By Kelly Vance / November 21, 2016

It was the day before Thanksgiving when the Hedricks got “The Call.” The Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) had recovered a heart that would save 15-year-old Jennifer Hedrick’s life. “It was an absolute perfect match,” her father Steve remembers. Jennifer was only 8 years old when she was first diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition…

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