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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…

In a mother’s words: My son. My hero.

May 8, 2019

Kristie Legg shares the story of her son Matthew Anthony Legg, Jr. Matthew passed when he was five years old and saved lives through donation. On April 1, 2008, my husband and I received distressing news at our ultrasound.  We would be referred to a specialist at UVA the next day.  I remember someone thinking…

A tiny miracle: Powhatan infant gets a new heart

March 25, 2019

For Chuck and Amanda Slate, watching their infant being taken in for a heart transplant was all the harder because he looked fine. “It was really emotional,” Amanda said. “Here we have a baby who seems pretty normal on the outside but he has this huge life-threatening condition and we’re handing him over to swap…

Norfolk Academy alum remembered for service and laughter

March 21, 2019

Kyle Hutchins was only 22 when he died but the outgoing young man had already inspired all who knew him– starting from the time he was a small child and continuing on even beyond his death. “He was a lively, outgoing, personable and compassionate kid and he was always like that,” said his father, Tom.…

Sawyer McKinley

“Heartbroken, but not broken”

December 12, 2018

Jaime and Jack McKinley had been at VCU Medical Center for two days when they called their teenaged sons Grayson and Finn to ask them how they felt about organ donation. Despite the stunning grief and shock of the past few days as the family learned that their 10-year-old son Sawyer would never wake up…

McDonald's Area Supervisor Marquis Byrd talks about his experience as a kidney recipient.

The “Aha” Moment: Kidney recipient reflects on the gift of life

November 27, 2018

Marquis had never liked going to the doctor. Growing up, he avoided it at all costs. Thinking back, he supposes it had something to do with witnessing kidney disease sicken his aunt until it eventually claimed her life. Ever since her death, Marquis avoided any sort of medical facility, figuring that no news is good…

Norfolk Preacher Demystifies Organ Donation through Outreach

November 6, 2018

Your loved one or yourself is already gone but someone else, another person, they can actually live,”Pastor Gloria Newsome-Brickhouse wasn’t always an organ donation advocate. In fact, organ donation wasn’t really on her radar until a deacon at her church invited her to attend a seminar for the blind about 10 years ago. “They kept…

A Driving Force Remembered: Joey Gase takes Meredith Haga Fox’s message to fans

October 15, 2018

Meredith Haga Fox was not shy about encouraging others to become organ donors—quite the opposite, she was passionate and determined. “She didn’t take ‘no’ very well,” remembers NASCAR driver Joey Gase, who became friends with Meredith during his work with Donate Life Virginia. If anyone knew the power of direct statements, it was Meredith. A…

Virginia Man to be Honored at Richmond Raceway

September 17, 2018

AJ Janosko should have turned 50 this year. He didn’t. Instead of celebrating his birthday, his family is preparing to celebrate his life, as well as the lives he saved and that were healed, thanks to his decision to be a donor. On Sept. 21, the Donate Life Virginia #35 car will bear AJ’s name…

Burn survivor begins new life as an advocate

August 15, 2018

Imran Zaman is a new man. Literally. After 90 percent of his body was burned in a house fire, he nearly died three times, spent months in a coma, then received extensive tissue donations to rebuild his body. “I was basically like a newborn,” Imran said. “I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t walk, but I…