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Richmond man’s holiday tradition celebrates a second chance at life

November 13, 2017

For Jim Price, the holiday traditions start with a brisk 8K on a cold November morning each year. “Not long after my liver transplant, I was up and walking again and I got to talking big and bragging and I said ‘I’m going to get good enough where I can do the 8K in the…

Life and Death through the Eyes of a Hospital Chaplain

November 8, 2017

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 has been praying for a miracle – that their loved one will wake up and…

Cornea transplant lifts librarian from depression

October 23, 2017

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 and grateful for her second shot at life. Going…

DMV coworkers share a boss, a mission and a kidney

October 17, 2017

“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 lengthy tenure at the Henrico DMV office, never knowing they would be personally impacted. But…

One heart, one bond

September 21, 2017

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 shared his heart with her when…

Dirt Kart Racer’s Victory Flag was the Help He Gave to Others

September 11, 2017

Dylan Brockwell lived the charmed life of an adventurous spirit. On a daily basis he indulged his consuming passion for racing, hunting, fishing, surfing, and archery —Dylan’s mother, Jamie, would just bite her tongue at the anxiety his “perpetual motion” caused her and focus on how proud she was of all he’d accomplished. At 22,…

Back to School with a Healthy Heart

August 30, 2017

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 hasn’t always been like most kids. Until June of 2014,…

A Little Life, a Big Gift, and the Healing Powers of a Dream Vacation

August 14, 2017

Small, cheerful, and jam-packed with energy, Mackenzie Hooker doesn’t immediately come across as a child who’s been in and out of the operating room since the day she was born. This 12-year-old has a lot more to do than think about her kidneys—she’s a cheerleader, a lover of makeup, and a YouTube fan. Plus, right…

An Extraordinary Career Giving People Ordinary Lives

August 1, 2017

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 transplant institute,” she said. “It’s an interim position though; I do…

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

July 13, 2017

“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 bee stayed close to her hive at first,…