Tanasia was born with a rare heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot.

Tanasia in graduation gap and school colors

At the age of 6, she was introduced to football, cheerleading, and she couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else. At the age of 14, Tanasia underwent a pulmonary valve replacement and received a donor heart valve, tissue donation, and she had to quit cheering. By the time she was a junior in high school, her […]

Beverly was able to raise her kids because of a transplant twenty-two years ago

Organ recipient Beverly holding an oversized driver's license poster

I went to the doctor, and my liver enzymes were extremely high. The doctors were trying to diagnose my problem but had no success. Meanwhile, my health was deteriorating quickly. I was referred to a gastrointestinal doctor, and he ordered a liver biopsy. My liver was failing rapidly. He sent me to UNC hospital in […]

Without a liver and kidney transplant, Daryl would not be alive today

Organ recipient Daryl sharing his story

There was a time years ago when I was living life to the fullest; I worked aboard cruise ships as a Cruise Director, organizing the ship’s entertainment and traveling all over the world. I had a good time doing it, while also helping others have a good time. After about 12 years I left the […]

In 2010 Phelicia was diagnosed with stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease

Organ recipient Phelicia relaxes on lawn by lake

Changes in her diet and activity helped ward off dialysis for years. In 2015, prompted by her younger cousin, she decided to share her story on social media. There was no denying it, Phelicia needed a kidney. Her nephrologist had added her to the waiting list a few years earlier, however, a living donor was the […]

Maribeth’s world was completely upended by a massive heart attack

Organ recipient Maribeth talking to another woman

That was November 2010. My partner and I had just adopted two brothers, ages 5 and 6. I was 49 years old and was back in school preparing for my bachelor’s degree. My biological son was stationed in Korea with the Navy and engaged to be married the following year. As I recovered over the […]

It was not until November 2018 that Julie realized something was just not right

Organ recipient Julie sitting front of her house next to a Donate life Flag

My journey began with me getting short of breath while doing daily activities around the house.  I kept telling my family that I was out of shape and needed to exercise.  After much persistence from my family that something was wrong, and many doctors, tests, surgeries, biopsies, and hospitalizations, I was diagnosed with end-stage lung […]

Sherman explains how quickly his health took a turn for the worse

Portrait photo of organ recipient Sherman

“My story began on a normal day when I was working in my landscaping business. I had arrived at my client’s home to spread forty bales of pine needles. Shortly after that, I was struggling to breathe and grabbing my chest. I took a short break to see if that would help, but the feeling just grew […]