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One more day: Richmond toddler waits for a heart

January 31, 2018

Twin brothers Stonewall and Hawkeye aren’t your average set of toddler twins—they follow each other around like other little boys, each trying to run as fast as the other, and each collapsing happily into the arms of their doting parents. They’re not aware that every time the phone rings, the adults in the house think,…

One heart and the will to stay positive

January 31, 2018

Melinda Dillon has lived through the unthinkable, although you’d never know it from the way she talks. She’s upbeat, funny, and practically glows with life—she’s taken the words on the small tattoo at her wrist seriously, and she works hard to “stay positive.” The tattoo shows the lifeline of a beating heart alongside a B+,…

All Heart: Suffolk rallies for teen heart recipient

January 30, 2018

Chaunta Chalmers did what she always did while Jasmine was in the hospital last year: she looked at her little girl (far too little, in fact—a teenager trapped in an eight-year-old’s body) and said, “We’re going to do the best with what we have. We’re going to make the best of a bad situation.” The…

3 ways to save a life in 2018

January 11, 2018

We like to think of New Year’s resolutions not as a way you can work on bettering yourself (we think you’re pretty great already), but as an opportunity for looking at the world and deciding how you’ll be a bigger part of it. Sometimes playing that bigger part stems from something small—a little bit of…

Fairfax Couple Rings in the New Year with New Hearts

November 13, 2017

Taylor and Collin’s life together officially started in 2016 when they began dating. A young couple living outside of Washington, D.C., they’re celebrating their second Christmas together as they figure out the future and reminisce about a past that’s been full of both sickness and miracles. They celebrated their anniversary on June 9 but it’s…

Thankful for time: A Galax family heads south for Christmas

November 13, 2017

While other children are dreaming of a white Christmas, Audrey Gillespie is dreaming of palm trees and Mickey Mouse this year. Audrey spent her first Christmas in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant but this year, she’ll spend her fifth Christmas at Disney World. “We found out at the 20-week ultrasound that she was…

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…