Donor Stories

The gift of life through organ, tissue and eye donation has a lasting impact on recipients, recipient families, donors and donor families. Hear inspirational, real-life stories from donor families whose loved ones impacted the lives of transplant recipients through the generous gift of donation.

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Reat Underwood

When 14-year-old Reat Underwood went with his mother Mindy to get his driver’s permit, he said, “Mom, you are a donor, right?” After Mindy said yes, Reat turned with a smile to the woman behind the counter at the department of motor vehicles and said, “Then I will be a donor, too.” Mindy remembers as . . .

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Jason Keck

Jason Keck joined the Air Force after high school and then continued his service as part of the National Guard. He was committed to helping others, which made his decision to go to nursing school an obvious one for him. “He always wanted to help people, and he knew he wanted to be a nurse . . .

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Dr. Larry Romang

Simply put, in the eyes of his family, Dr. Larry Romang was the “man who hung the moon.” His quiet confidence and ability to just enjoy the world around him, left those who knew him feeling valued and respected. His passion for loving and helping others was clear to his family, patients, colleagues, medical students, . . .

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Hally Yust

Nine-year-old Hally Yust had a drive to do life big. She had a passion for basketball, water sports, and most importantly a love for Jesus. She declared that she was going to play basketball in college, become a coach someday, and even try out for the Olympics, and no one doubted that she would. In . . .

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Nhue “Kevin” Thong Hoang Nguyen

Energetic, funny and handsome are just a few words that Nhue Nguyen’s family use to describe him. When he tragically passed away at only 19 years old, his family made the decision for him to be a donor. “Donation wasn’t something we had ever talked about, but it meant that Nhue would be able to . . .

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Cynthia Hardaway

When Cynthia Hardaway suffered cardiac arrest on New Year’s Day 2014 while coming home from work and was pronounced brain dead at the hospital, her children Willie and LaCresha made the decision for her to be a donor. “I feel that was the best decision we made in our lifetime,” said LaCresha. “It has changed . . .

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