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Life and Death through the Eyes of a Hospital Chaplain

Life and Death through the Eyes of a Hospital Chaplain

Sometimes the miracle you get isn’t the miracle you asked for. That’s a truth Stephanie Hamilton often discusses with families in her role as a family communication coordinator and head of bereavement services at VCU Medical Center. When a family...

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Cornea transplant lifts librarian from depression

Cornea transplant lifts librarian from depression

Mary Jackson didn’t just get new eyes – she got a whole new way of looking at life after a double cornea transplant 25 years ago cured her not only of blindness, but of suicidal depression. Now pushing 80, she’s more active than she’s ever been...

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DMV coworkers share a boss, a mission and a kidney

DMV coworkers share a boss, a mission and a kidney

“Do you wish to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?” It’s standard practice at the DMV to ask this question of anyone renewing their license. Sandy Bloxom and Frieda Booth-Pitts asked the organ donation question countless times during their...

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One heart, one bond

One heart, one bond

Less than 10 years ago, Twyla Kim was a young mother living in Hampton Roads, fighting for her life as her heart began to fail even before she turned 40. Today, she has a new lease on life and a new extended family, thanks to a young man who...

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Back to School with a Healthy Heart

Back to School with a Healthy Heart

Like most kids his age at this time of year, Matthew Brown is gearing up to head back to school. And, like most kids, his summer vacation was filled with a lot to report—sports, amusement parks, and a whole lot of running around.  But Matthew...

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An Extraordinary Career Giving People Ordinary Lives

An Extraordinary Career Giving People Ordinary Lives

After a 48-year career, transplant nurse Gigi Spicer finally retired in the spring. That lasted for 20 days. “I got a call from Tulane saying they knew I retired and asking if I wanted to take up an interim position helping to rebuild their...

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“Somehow, someday, I will affect someone’s life”

“Somehow, someday, I will affect someone’s life”

“Maria was born the queen bee,” remembers Susie Diaz fondly. Her little girl was the youngest of three, with two older brothers aged 7 and 9 at her birth in December of 1981. “She was just so cute, and much more feisty than our boys.” The queen...

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Navy vet on a mission to promote kidney health

Navy vet on a mission to promote kidney health

For Wallace Green, prevention would have made all the difference. “I had kidney disease at a very young age and of course, I wasn’t aware of it,” said Wallace, now 64 and a two-time kidney recipient. “It wasn’t until my kidneys started to fail...

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Matched for Donation, Friends for Life

Matched for Donation, Friends for Life

A good friend gives you what you need when you need it. A great friend accepts that rule with no limitations. Mary Stokes has such a friend in Heather Cordasco, and that friendship saved one life and inspired countless others. When Mary’s...

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