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Zachary Kelly

Son remembered for his selfless heart

By Lara Malbon / 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.

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

By Lara Malbon / 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,…

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

By Lara Malbon / 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…

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

By Debbie Anderson / 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…

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In a mother’s words: My son. My hero.

By Lara Malbon / 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…

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