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risa Alese Neil Amanda Amy Angela andrei Andrew Wilson Andy Cook
angie Anthony Porreca Barbara Coleman Becky Bert Steiner Bill Wohl Bob Pitcock
Bobbie Jo bradley Bridget Cavanaugh Brittany buddy Candi Collins Carmine
Christy Chuck Chuck C-Lucky Colette Cory Cumberworth Dale
Dan Doucleff Dani Dave Grisier dave and lil Dawn Debbie Charlotte Dee
Diane Donald Donald Arthur Donnia don dottie Erin Brenner
Frank Gabriela Gavin gloria Gregg Curtiss Gustavo Braslavsky harvey
Heidi Heather Holly howard Jamie Lynne Jan Jane
Jeff Goldstein Jeff Patti joanne jodi jodi joe Fr
JT Karen Range kathryn Kayla Kelli Kim Kristin
Kyle and Curry Shawn Kyle and Curry Shawn Lacie Leah Linda Cumberworth Linda M Lizzie
Luoming Marichi 'MiMi' Turner Marissa Marjolein Mark Patton Marlee
Max Melissa Melody Michelle Micky Byrne Mindy
Patrick Pedraja Patti Prince PJ Walsh Rachel Rohan Patel Scott Fouts Scott Johnson
Shar & Sally Stacey Pchajek Stephanie Pusateri steve susy sylzia and bob tasha
Terri Lynne Todd Tom Emahiser Tony H Tonya Trisha and Dad vicki
Zach Umesh


Following, alphabetized by first name, are some of our contributors and their families.
Alese had a Pancreas/Kidney transplant on April 22, 2003... shortly after her 60th birthday on April Fools Day! She is doing well 4 years later.
Amanda with her brother and Grandfather. During a hike in August I felt winded in a really easy part of this hike and thought it was strange, I found out soon after that I was in chronic rejection. The doctors here at Barnes thought I should go on the transplant list for a double lung transplant which I did in January. By Feb 14th I had my second set of lungs. And I am so happy to begin my new second life. I'm just not 100% sure what I am going to do with my life, but I have a million and one chances.
My name is Amy and I'm 31 years old. I was born with Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency. I was in and out of the hospital with GI Bleeds for the first 10 years of my life. I finally received 2 liver transplants, the first one in December of 1986 and because that one wouldn't take, I received the second on January 1987. I then had my daughter Angela in 1996. She will soon be 12 years old. I'm still on anti-rejection medication, which I am praying for deliverance for that. This year marked the 21 anniversary of my second liver. Praise the Lord!!! And I just wanted to say thank you so much to this site, hopefully I can meet new friends with the same concerns I have.
Andrei Mihail lives in Bucharest and is the first (and the only) Romanian citizen to undergo a double lung transplant. (Performed in Vienna at AKH Wien on 22 August, 2001.) Andrei is a frequent contributor to TransplantBuddies.org, advocates organ donation and transplantation on the media in Romania, and has developed several websites. He married Simona on November 17, 2005. Andy now serves as youth pastor at the Grace Church in Bucharest.
Andrew Wilson b:August 23rd 1978, d:July 7th 2005

Received one of the very first "Domino Heart Transplants" in UK in 1987. Andrew actually met his heart donor face-to-face post transplant. To read about this amazing journey, please check out Andrew's website: http://www.transplantsunited.com
Andy had a heart transplant on October 5, 1998 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, after suffering from a heart disease called Cardiomyopathy which causes the heart to become enlarged.
My name is Angie White, and I'm a college student from Michigan. My mom had end stage renal failure, and I was lucky enough to be a match, and a kidney donor for her. I had the hand-assist laparoscopic procedure on January 2, 2002. Donating to my mom was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done, and I would love to talk with anyone heading down the same path. God Bless!

August 13, 2008. Anthony passed from our hands to the Lords. He fought very hard to gain strength and recover to enjoy his "new liver" but it was not meant to be. Anthony's family is forever grateful for the opportunity afforded to him by the living transplant program and continue to be active in promoting and educating the public about organ donation and living donor transplantation. We as a family will continue in memory and honor of Anthony's name.
Here is a picture of Alyssa (on left) and I (Barbara) a few days after surgery. I donated my left kidney via open procedure on March 6th, 2008. We are holding our lucky teddy bears, mine is a gift from Alyssa. Our surgery was at the Fairview Transplant Center in Minneapolis, MN. Alyssa is the daughter of a couple we are friends with from the campground we stay at. She is 19 and engaged to be married May 17th, 2008.
A picture of Becky and Dad two days after surgery. Dad (Frank) donated a kidney to 29 year old daughter, Becky at UCSF on August 23, 2007. Pancreas transplant to follow, hopefully in 2008.
Bert Steiner....husband to Adrienne for over 48 years.....Ian is our newest grandchild after enjoying 4 others - ages, 14, 15, 18 and 20 from our daughter Randi and son in law John. Ian and our daughter Gail live with us and Ian says we're a "happy family" and he insists the four of us give each other a group hug every morning and every night, because he's right.....we are a "happy family." We're Blessed to have Bert enjoy over 18 years post heart transplant and Blessed to have met so many wonderful transplant recipients who are indeed our family as well. Life is precious and sweet. Wake up and smile to greet every beautiful day. Please accept a "group hug" from all of us. From the heart, Adrienne.
Bill Wohl - from the worst ever Cardiac Case in 28 years of UMC's 800 plus Heart Transplants as their "Terminally Ill FDA Experiment". Now in 2007 Captain of Team USA Cycling for the XVI World Transplant Games in Bangkok and 2008 Captain of the World Elite Transplant Team for "The Escape From Alcatraz." Because my Donor Family said "YES" I get to "Live Way Large" as my Donor would say. Watch my kids grow up, compete all over the World and try to make a difference with Media and PR opportunities!
My name is Bob Pitcock, retired trucker from Texas. My heart transplant was performed 17 years ago 1991. LIVIN' AND LOVIN' IT
I am Bobbiejo Winfrey (on the right in photo), re-born on October 6, 2005, who ended up receiving the best birthday gift on my twenty-fifth birthday, a multivisceral transplant. I received a new stomach, liver, pancreas, spleen, small and large intestines. I had a history of a digestive tract that gradually over time lost its motility leading to diagnoses of acid reflux, almost complete aperistalsis of the esophagus, gastroparesis, and pseudo-obstruction of the bowel. My aspirations are to either become a professor teaching about the medieval ages or classical languages or to enter the medical field, and it is these loves and my faith in God that has kept me getting up each morning to embrace a new day.
Bradley Thomas Moore, born 8/30/88
Donated Gifts of Life to Eight Others 3/26/02
Bridget Cavanaugh b: July 7, 1984, d: May, 29, 2007

Bridget (seated next to her fiance Don) always lived like there was no tomorrow. She treated her illness as an obstacle and not as a threat. Her many accomplishments and travelings during her 22 years surpassed most living a full lifetime. Her double-lung transplant gave her the ability to fulfill her expectations, even though it was short-termed.
My name is Brittany, I'm 21 and was diagnosed with ESRD in the end of 2002. After a short time on dialysis I was given the gift of life on January 20th, 2003 from my mom at the University of Michigan Hospital. I am here on this site to learn and to offer any advice I can to those going through a similar journey.

In this photo, I am the fifth person from the left.
Buddy lived 14 years with a single lung transplant. He helped many patients who suffered with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.

Our friend Buddy Golder died on Thursday, June 1, 2006.

He will be missed. The Golder Family.

I'm Candi Collins, born on Oct. 6, 1983. Had my double lung transplant and heart surgery June 4, 2007 at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas when I was 23yo. I was diagnosed with Bronchiolitis Obliterans on Jan 5, 2007, but began to get sick in Feb 2006. This picture is of me and my paint mare Alleyway, 4 months post transplant. I can't wait for us both to get back in shape so we can resume barrel racing! I've named my lungs Thomas and Mack after the famous rodeo arena. Everyday I thank my donor for the best gift ever given to me! Also thanks to all the nurses, doctors, surgeons, staff, and my parents, brother, family, and friends for taking such great care of me!
Carmine on left and brother Eric on right. Carmine received a kidney from his brother Eric in 2008 due to a history of being born with a small bladder. Transplant buddies was the first place I visited when I arrived home from the hospital. Everyone here has been a big help. Especially early on in my post tp days. It has been very comforting to come here and ask questions or read .We all have a special understanding of each other because we have gone though similar situations in life. I don't have anyone in my life that can relate to my problems,but you are always there when I need something.
My name is Christy, and I am a 37 year old wife and mother. I was first diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when I was 4 years old, but my first hospitalization wasn't until I was 23. I was very blessed to have a daughter at the age of 25. After Casey was born, I worked in the nursing field for 3 years before becoming very ill with a mycobacterium in my lungs. Three years after that, at the age of 31, I had a double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center. Because of an anti-body issue, I had to receive organs from a relative, so they removed both of my lungs and replaced them with a lobe from my Uncle Joey and my mom. This is called a living-related lobar transplant. What a gift they both gave me!! After lung transplant, I could do so much I hadn't done in years, but was still dealing with complications like diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and chronic sinusitis. Because of the anti-rejections meds, the diabetes and high blood pressure, I now have to have a kidney transplant. God has brought me this far, and has blessed me in so many ways. I feel like this is just one more speed bump to get over.
His mom, Melinda Sue, nicknamed Chuck, "My Sunshine" because that's what he was. "He my very own ray of sunshine that the Lord sent to me for a while. He was an amazing young man whose life was shortened by Cystic Fibrosis. You can visit his website; please take time to sign his guest book. It makes me feel as though My Sunshine is right here with me again, right by my side! God Bless You All!"
I'm Chuck, a 65 yr. old white male born in Jersey City, NJ, at home on March 11,1943. I had one lung transplanted in June 2007. I am a USMC veteran (4 yrs) and I work for the USPS (33 yr). I ride a 1978 FXE iron horse (Harley Davidson). I hope to retire in about 6 years or less.
I am C-Lucky.I live and work in Guangzhou(a city of southern China). I had polycystic liver disease. It developed end stage two years ago and had to transplant. I had liver transplant in Guangzhou on Dec 17.2006.Liver disease gave me and my family much trouble,but now everything do well for me . Seeing the sun is very special for me.I love and appreciate my relatives and anyone who helped me.I love transplantbuddies and every one here.You are so great.
I'm Colette, mother of three wonderful kids (plus a new daughter-in-law), wife to a supportive husband and grateful recipient. I was blessed with a Liver transplant on the National Day of Re-Birth, November 1st, 2006. Without this precious gift, I would not have been able to enjoy over 400 sunrises and sunsets, and look forward to thousands more! I have not had contact with my donor family as yet, but hope to be able to meet and thank them someday. I pray for my donor every day and am convinced that he or she was addicted to chocolate, walking and photo-archiving, as these are my new passions. Life is good!
Cory Cumberworth, multiple organ donor. Cory gave the gift of life to seven people including me (Tom Emahiser); I received his heart. Cory was born October 16, 1989 and was killed in a head on crash January 25, 2005. A beautiful young man who is greatly missed but never forgotten.
My name is Dale and I received a heart transplant due to secondary ischemic cardiomyopathy at Temple University Hospital located in Phila, Pa. on July 16, 1997. As I got out of the car on Forklandinding Road Maple Shade, New Jersey and approached the front steps of my home my Granddaughter, ran up to me and placed her hand over my heart and said, "Pop-Pop,do you have a new heart now so we can play and fish together?" I said to her, "that if God wills me to I shall play and fish for a long time to come". For the last 10 years, I have taken the Grandchildren fishing as much as my health has allowed me to do. We just have a ball when we go fishing too.
My name is Dan Doucleff, user name dantheman, I'm 45 years old. I have two teenage boys, Victor and Joseph. I live with my spousal equivalent Shirley. We are cat owners but dog people. My transplant date was August 31st, 2006. The people in the picture are myself, my coordinator, and my surgeon on the one-year anniversary of my transplant.
Dani Greene is currently a teacher of preschool students with disabilities in Arlington County Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. She has a B.A. in American Studies with a minor in Art from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Special Education from George Washington University. She is married and lives with her husband Scott in Springfield, VA. On February 7th Dani celebrated her fifth birthday post transplant! Scott and Dani have been approved for adoption and are very excited about that possibility. More information about "It's Good to Know a Miracle: Dani's Story" can be found at http://itsgoodtoknowamiracle.googlepages.com/home
I am David (Dave) Grisier and I was born on Jan 13, 1944 in a small town in Northwest Ohio. Finishing High School in 1961, I entered the US Naval service where I received my education as a Photographer. Serving on the support staff for President John F. Kennedy's personal Photographer was one of the most exciting periods of my life. I continued life as a Professional Photographer, Laboratory Specialist, and Instructor for 35 years. I had to leave that all behind when I was stricken with COPD, Emphysema w/Fibrosis in 1996.

Dave sadly Died before he was listed for his transplant. He will be missed. Here is his blog that he kept http://journeyforaliferenewed.com/
Dave's wife Lil received a kidney 2/22/98 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Her donor was 15 year old girl, Holly; Dave and Lil continue to communicate with her mom, who made a webpage at
In Memory Of Holly Lea Nelson
Dawn Porreca was the living liver donor to her brother Anthony on November 19, 2007. Dawn is energetic, driven and determined. She actively enjoys exercise and is extremely interested in nutrition and health. Dawn was guided to TransplantBuddies and would like everyone to know of all the compassionate, caring, helpful people who kept her motivated and supported throughout the screening, transplant and recovery process.
My name is Debbie, I am 45 years old, and live in Nebraska. I received a non-related living kidney transplant 12/7/2005 at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Ne. I was diagnosed with an "acute" finding of chronic kidney disease in 2004. I am now 2 years out of transplant and life is GOOD. I have had no rejection and continue to enjoy life with my family, donor family, and friends. Thanks to Charlotte, my donor, I was given a second chance at life!!! (Charlotte is on the left and I am on the right).
This is a photo taken last September of my son, Josh, and me. Josh is 22 years old.

I am Diana Cook (my friends call me Dee), and I'm 56. I am waiting on a double lung transplant. I have been on the list at Emory, in Atlanta, just since January. I am on 4 L. of oxygen 24/7. I have a beautiful daughter, Trina, and the most precious grandson, Bryce, who's 4. My plans after transplant are just to breathe, to dance with Josh, to horseback ride with Trina, and to take walks in the woods with Bryce.
Diane Lewis , Liver Transplant Nov 20th 2008 after a short viral illness with Parvo B 19 virus which resulted in fulminating liver disease. My Transplant was done at Vancouver General Hospital where I had an excellent team and fantastic care. I would also like to take the time to Thank my partner, my family and my wonderful friends for all of the support which truly made my recovery go so smoothly.
Don received a pacemaker November, 1993, a Left Ventricular Assist Device implant February, 1995, and a heart transplant July, 1996 at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City
I'm Donald Arthur, and I received my heart on August 2, 1996 from a 25 year old male. On Nov 11,1998, I met my donor's family, and I now have a second family. On Nov 7,1999, I ran the NYC Marathon with my donor's brother.
Donnia received a living-donor kidney transplant in June, 2008. Donnia (left) is shown here with her donor, Joyce (right).
Hi, My name is Don, but I go by DAP. I'm a heart transplant recipient (May-2007). I am 57, married for 37 years and I am thankful for and enjoying every "Extra" day I've been given since my transplant. My personal web site is www.2ndHeartBeat.com.
Dottie received a lung transplant in October of 1994. She's a strong believer in the benefits of exercise and nutrition for a healthy lifestyle.
Our member Irene's daughter Erin is a fiery seven year old who received a liver transplant when she was very young. Erin loves to participate in all kinds of sports and her proudest moment was at the transplant Games.
My name is Frank, 40 years old, and I live in Hamburg, Germany . After four years using oxygen, I had a double lung transplant in Hannover in July 2004. To learn more about me, visit /www.iLLios.de
Gabriela had hemolytic uremic syndrome (associated with e. coli infection) at the age of nine months. She is pictured with her third donor, Katy Gagnon, and her first donor, her mother. She awaits a fourth kidney transplant.
Gavin is just over 2 years old and he received his precious new heart at the tender age of 3 months old. He was on the waiting list for 7 weeks. At that time he was 1-A (top of the list). He was on a ventilator clinging to life. Texas Children's Hospital was granted the use of a Berlin Heart Pump from Germany, to place Gavin on. Just 7 hours before his Berlin Pump surgery, his true miracle heart was sent our way. I'll never forget that call at the Ronald McDonald House at 2am. We are forever grateful to our donor and his/her family and thank God for them daily.
Gloria donated a kidney to her brother in August of 2000. Although she lives in Pennsylvania, the surgery was done at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, her home town.
Gregg Curtiss was diagnosed with kidney failure at 52 years of age in August 06 from unrecognized high blood pressure. He received a kidney from his wife, Diane, 50 on October 30, 2007 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Missouri. This photo was taken February 2008 at the Washington Park Botanical Gardens Springfield, Illinois while Gregg and Diane were at the Prairie State Orchid Society annual show and sale.
Gustavo Braslavsky Hi, I'm Gustavo Braslavsky and I have started to help people share their experiences and offer information to others about transplantation. Prior to this site, I spent over 15 years as a doctor in a liver transplant center. I write health and tech blogs also.
Harvey received a kidney transplant 9/30/99, at the age of 61, having had cancer in the left kidney and chronic kidney disease in my right kidney. After a threat from Lymphoproliferative disease, his meds were changed and the kidney functions well. He participated in the 2000 US Games, 2001 World Games in Kobe, Japan and the 2002 US Games in Orlando. He is a solid believer in healthy eating and exercise to help keep the body healthy.
My name is Heather. I am from east central Illinois. I donated a kidney to my Dad on 12-1-99 in Chicago. Since donating, my Dad and I have a special bond we did not have before. I hope to continue helping on this site, to support and help others who would like to donate, already have donated, and those who were wanting to donate and could not.
Like most double-lung transplant patients, I have Cystic Fibrosis and Diabetes. I was transplanted when I was 23 and have actually had no rejection issues. I've been hospitalized 3 times since transplant for other things, but otherwise I'm fantastic. I'm going to a junior college again, and working full time. I plan on getting a BA in accounting, and then we'll see where I go from there. I have a Chihuahua Mix named Roxy Lynn (she's crazy but awesome) and I love sports. I'm excited to get to know others 'like me'.
My name is Holly and I'm 52 years old. I am waiting for a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. I am married and have a very special nineteen year old daughter. I could never have come this far without my wonderful husband and daughter. They give me the strength to keep fighting.
I am Howard W. Smith. The 'W' stands for 'waiting.' as I await an acceptable living donor or for my name to reach the top of the UNOS list. I live in Hawaii. Howard has received his liver and is now back to work full time.
I am Jamie Lynne; a 31 year old women blessed with the gift of life through the miracle of a perfect match kidney transplant. I am happily married to the love of my life, Ryan. We have two furry children; Rooney our chocolate lab and Calie our calico cat. We look forward to completeing our family with a "little one" sometime soon!
Jan received a living-donor kidney transplant on May 10, 2000 at Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. Her son, Michael, was her donor.
Hi, I'm Jane. I was born, raised and still live in Bloomington, IN. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 4. In 2004, 36 years later, I had a pancreas-only transplant at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis . I had several complications and ended up rejecting the pancreas 10 months later. But those few short months, after recovery and before rejection, were fantastic! Currently I am waiting for "the call" for another pancreas, and while I wait, I get great encouragement from the members of Transplant Buddies. God bless you all.
I'm Joanne; I was born in New Jersey. I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension in 1998. I received my double lung transplant in Dallas, TX in 2001. I now live in Atlanta, Georgia with four fabulous dogs (no human kids). I work full time, run two miles each day, and study gourmet cooking in France and Italy.
Jeff Goldstein is a native Miamian currently living in Coconut Grove with his wife Martha Austrich. Jeff received a double lung transplant in July 2003.
Jeff Wilson was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease on June 16,2007. After a few months of dialysis, he received a life saving kidney on October 26,2007 from his sister Patty shown here with Jeff the day after transplant.
I'm Joanne Giglia, 31 years old, and I live in Jacksonville, Fl. I received my kidney/pancreas transplant on 08/31/04 at Mayo Clinic/St. Luke's Hospital; after having Type 1 diabetes since the age of two. I feel great! I've had no complications or rejections to this point. I plan to finish nursing school, and then work with transplant patients and diabetics. Thank you to all the donors and the families who make the selfless decision to give people this second chance!
My name is Jodi Phelan, I donated half of my liver to my daughter Mckayla January 5,2004. It was so awesome to be able to do that, to cure the Citrullinemia that was tearing down her body. For once in 6 years I didn't feel helpless anymore! , McKayla's mom.
Joe Keller was born on June 1, 1980. Joe died August 21, 1994, when he attempted to save a friend from drowning in a low-head dam on the Conewago Creek, in Dover, PA. He donated the gift of life to 4 people. He donated his heart to a retired nurse in Southern New York state, his one kidney to a teacher in the Philadelphia area, his other kidney to a clerk in the Central Pennsylvania area, and his liver to a Veteran in the Pittsburg area. His lungs were used for research. As a family it has been a blessing to know that Joe lives on by helping transplant recipients to live a longer healthier life. E-Mail , Joe's mom. http://www.childreninheaven.netfirms.com/joekeller.htm
I'm Father Joe Bradley; I have been a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco for seventeen years. I was blessed to receive the gift of a heart transplant, August 6th, 2005. One of the great blessings has been to connect with TransplantBuddies - I have learned a lot and received much support, and I am very grateful for both!
J T Rhodes received a kidney transplant in 1992 and a bone tissue transplant in 1994. Three of his five sisters have also received transplants due to Polycystic kidney disease.
Karen Range with her son Sammy. Diagnosed in 2006 with Bronchiolitis Obliterans - a rare lung disease of the small airways, Karen is undergoing lung transplant evaluation at the Cleveland Clinic.
Kathryn Flynn and daughter Sarah. Kathryn received a double lung transplant on March 25, 1996 at Duke University Medical Center. She works with hearing-impaired students and is the current President of Second Wind Lung Transplant Association.
Kayla was part of a Domino Heart Transplant at the age of 2 mos. Her donor, Jason, will be forever in her heart, literally. Her family is forever grateful to God, Jason and Jason's family for the opportunity to be able to love Miss Kayla.
My name is Kelli (aka Eccoblue). I underwent a heart and liver Tx on February 1, 2007 at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Please visit http://www.eccoblue.org to learn about me.
My name is Kim. I live in Tallahassee, FL and I received a heart/double lung transplant on June 14, 1996. Through the internet I've been able to "talk" to teens and young adults who are either considering transplantation or are already on the list. Because of my experience, I'm able to show them what life can be like post-transplant and offer them hope, encouragement, and advice.
My name is Kristin Dwyer. I live in Chicago suburbs and I received SPK transplant on May 24, 2007. I got my two miniature schnauzer puppies a month after transplant-- I love them. I had dialysis for about five months and I am so grateful for this great gift I received. I enjoy this website and it has been a tremendous help .Thanks to everyone's hard work. Love, Kristin
Kyle Curry and his mother, Shawn. Kyle had a living unrelated donor liver transplant 12/19/00 at the age of 15 months. The transplant was performed at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta, correcting liver failure due to Biliary Atresia. Their website is found at The Curry Family
This is me (Lacie, in bed) with my sister-in-law Patty. She donated her kidney to me on August 25, 2005. My husband was also willing to donate until they found out that he had minor kidney problems of his own. Luckily Patty was there to save me from any more dialysis!
My name is Leah. I have accomplished so many things with my life. I have lived with three different kidneys from wonderful donors. Please read my story.
Linda Cumberworth and her daughter Chassity. My (Tom Emahiser) donor's Mother and sister.
My name is Linda and I am listed for a liver transplant at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Wa. I have been a nurse for 21 years and contracted Hepatitis C from an accidental needle stick while at work many years ago, before they knew it existed. Now Im home with my husband of 3 years, our dog Chooey, and my very talkative and brainy African Grey Parrot. These days I am able to actually do some art work and I also sing and do studio work when I'm up to it.
Lizzie received her new heart on April 12th 1999. She loves animals and really wants to be a model one day. She loves photography, her phone and the computer. She is full of life and a really joy to be around.
My name is Luoming, I am a 55 years old man living in Beijing, China. I did liver transplatation on Nov. 14.2003. I did early retirement, and nowadays I stay at home with my wife. I do enjoy my life. God help you who help yourself. Every morning, I go to the heath club and I runing 4 km; in the afternoon 1 km swimming. . Physical exercise make me stronger and stronger.

I do like to know all the friends form tansplantbuddies. Welcome to you my friends from all of the world to Beijing for sightiseeing! You will be tread as a VIP . Best regards, Luoming
Marichi "MiMi" Turner, a 23 year old Cystic Fibrosis patient, was preparing for a lung transplant in the near future by focusing on research, nutrition and exercise. She was a mentor on the this website for many years, before her death in the fall of 2003.
Marisa had a liver ransplant in 1988 due to Biliary Atresia.
My name is Marjolein and I come from the Netherlands. I was born in 1984 and with my birth my parents found out I had Cystic Fibrosis. Through the years the infections I got because of my disease caused my lungs to deteriorate. In August of 2006 I recieved the call that someone had donated me the gift of life, two 'new' lungs.
Mark and Mary Grace have developed the Blood and Marrow Transplant Resources Web site to share their knowledge about cancer treatment and what they have learned about bone marrow and stem cell transplants. The URL is www.BMTresources.org. Mark has written a book entitled, "Over 140 Things You Need to Know about Your Autologous Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplant" to help educate people about the benefits of these procedures. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to The Bone Marrow Foundation to help those who need financial assistance with their transplants.
My name is Marlee Phomsopha (on the left with the polka dot dress). I was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy on March 2008 at the age of 25. I did not feel sick or any different than any other day. I started hemo dialysis on May until early October of 2008. My identical twin sister Marlay (on the right) gave me her kidney on Oct. 9, 2008 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and it was two days before our 26th birthday. I could not have asked for a better present.
Max McLeod drowned in March of 2000. His donated organs helped three other individuals survive. Max will be deeply loved and missed by his family. http://littlemaxwell.tripod.com
Meghann Murphy is 28 and has been on the double-lung transplant waiting list since age 13. 'Inactive' on the list since age 16, recent health complications caused her to be reevaluated for transplant. She's a happy person despite her circumstances and enjoys spending time with her friends, family and Pomeranian son, Neeko. Meghann attributes her ability to stay relatively healthy and active the past 15 years to her positive attitude, faith in God, love from family and friends, and her ability to find humor in the face of adversity.
I'm Melissa and have been Type 1 diabetic since age 11. I am waiting for a pancreas/kidney transplant. I have been so inspired by all on Transplantbuddies.org. Thank you all so very much!!
My name is Melody Pierson, I'm 51 years old, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Due to severe Emphysema and COPD since I was a child, I needed and received a double-lung transplant on October 30, 2007. I had a great team at Notre Dame Hospital in Montreal and not for one minute did I not believe I would not make it.

When I went in for surgery, my lung function was 16%. Ten months later it was 127%. Adjusting to the medications is the toughest part...but that's nothing really to complain about. I am alive to enjoy my grown children, my husband...ride my horse, write songs, sing, garden, paint... I am grateful to God and all the loving kindness and prayers from people I know all over the world.
Hello. My name is Michelle Martin, born March 13th, 1973. I received a kidney from my loving husband Ty July 13, 2005, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. My function was compromised by Lupus Nephritis and the treatments used while trying to suppress it. Less than two years later, at the same facility, we welcomed our son Jake on March 23rd, 2007. Please feel free to visit our Family Site at Michelle and Ty's Miracle Baby.

My name is Micky Byrne, I had my Heart Transplant on March 9th 1999. This was done at Harefield Hospital in West London, United Kingdom. After two seperate heart by/passes, a triple in 1983 and a quadruple in 1996, my heart still went into heart failue in the latter part of 1998, and I was sent to Harefield Hospital to have all the tests to see if I really needed a transplant. I was put on the waiting list and despite my blood group being AB negative, I only waited just over three months before I got a donor.

My Surgeon was the world renowned heart transplant surgeon Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub.

This is a picture of my me (Mindy) and family. I am 46 with CF and in the process of lung transplant. I am going through the evalutation tests again because it has been over a year since my first evaluation. I will be having my transplant at Duke. I have two children: a son, thirteen, and a daughter, age nine.
Patrick Pedraja was 10 years old when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. One day while he was in the hospital he learned how so many people with Leukemia, Lymphoma or 50 other blood disorders were dying every day when they couldn't find a matching marrow donor. Pat decided to do something to help and started DRIVING FOR DONORS which began as a national marrow donor drive in the summer of 2007. Pat raised over $150,000 for tissue typing fees to add those donors by selling ad space on his bald head. He ended up registering over 6500 donors in just a few months and won the CNN HEROES Viewers Choice Award for his efforts. Pat is currently planning DRIVING FOR DONORS 2008, an international tour, to help promote awareness about the critical need for minority donors worldwide. So far 3 marrow transplants have been done after matching donors were found for them from DRIVING FOR DONORS events! Pat will continue his chemotherapy treatments until July 2009 and feels very lucky to be doing so well! http://drivingfordonors.com

This is one of my proudest moments. The picture is me (Patti) and my little sister after my transplants and about 2 minutes after the breathing tube was removed. Due to Cystic Fibrosis, I had double lung and liver transplants at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio on January 31, 2007. I have started a blog about myself and living with Cystic Fibrosis. www.3organtransplant.blogspot.com.

My name is PJ Welsh and I am 44 years old. I am going through evaluation for a single lung transplant at the University of Washington in Seattle. My diagnosis is severe restrictive lung disease. I have already had two lung surgeries for a tumor(removed 2 lobes right side) and aspergillosis (rest of right lung). They are planning to replace the left lung only since they can't fit a lung into the right side(due to organs shifting after surgeries). I am also a CO2 retainer and on bi-pap (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure device) at night.

I'm Rachel Nates and I am 28 years old. In May 2007 I was diagnosed with LAM (lymphangioleiomyomatosis). My disease progressed very quickly and I was just listed for transplant on 6/3/08 I am on 6-7 liters of oxygen at rest and 15 liters when I "exercise" on the treadmill for a few minutes at a time. I try to stay positive as I wait for my new lungs. I am lucky to have a very strong support system - a loving husband, an incredible family and amazing friends to support me in all this. My story is being filmed for a documentary, and I plan to write a book, a transplant patients "guide". Please visit my website to find out more and follow my story: www.rachelnates.com.

Risé founded TransplantBuddies.com on February 12, 2000, having seen a need for support and communication with many transplant patients throughout the world. As a consequence of cystic Fibrosis, Risé had a double lung transplant January 21, 1996, at Loyola Medical Center, Illinois. She recently received a second, double-lung transplant on July 26, 2005, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida.
I am Rohan Patel, aged 22 years when I underwent a transplant. Am a Mechanical Engineering graduate. Live in Pune, Maharashtra (India). Currently am handling my dads business and leading a normal healthy life.
Scott Fouts, Wife: Sandy & Son: Timmy. Scott was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at age 11 and had a bilateral lung transplant at age 41 on February 27, 2007, only one month after being listed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Scott & Sandy were foster parents to Timmy for two years and when they found out they were going to get to adopt, Scott decided it was time to be evaluated for the transplant. They are hoping to some day meet the donor's family to express their deep gratitude for the gift of life that was given. Feel free to check out his story in more detail at: http://hometown.aol.com/neverslowdown/transplant.html
Scott received a double lung transplant in 2001. Since that time he has competed in 24 short course triathlons, 3 Half Ironman distance triathlons, 4 unfinished attempts at Ironman distance triathlon (including Ironman Hawaii), 1 finished attempt at Ironman distance (Ironman Florida, 2006) , 3 Half Marathons, 15 or so 5Ks. He also enjoys surfing, kayaking, hiking and cooking.
Shar Carlyle received a gift of life from an living donor in March of 2005. Shar now works as a Kidney Educator in the Bay Area, mentoring others facing kidney disease about innovative transplant options including directed altruistic living donation and paired donation. Shar is a poet and children's dance teacher in Marin County. Her favorite original quotes, "Let each day be a reflection of your love of life!" and "Fear less, love more."
Stacey Leanne Pchajek died tragically following a motor vehicle accident at the age of thirteen. Stacey always wanted to help people and that's why her parents knew, without any doubt, that she would want to be an organ donor. Stacey lives on in the lives of six other people and through the Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation, which is a nonprofit charitable organization providing scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. http://www.spmf.ca/
Stephanie after her multi visceral transplant (liver, small intestine, stomach and pancreas) on 4/17/2006. Steph has a history of familial polyposis and desmoid tumors that led to short bowel syndrome requiring her to live on TPN for years. This all lead to liver and intestinal failure therefore eventually the need for her multivisceral transplant. You can read more about Stephs journey at her homepage.
Steve Ferkau lives in Chicago with his wife, Laura. Steve has cystic fibrosis and was transplanted four days before his 40th birthday in April, 2000. He established direct contact with his donor family a few years after his transplant. His donor was a beautiful 17-year-old girl from Iowa named Kari. Kari was healthy, but twice in the month before she passed she let her family know she felt strongly about organ donation. Steve now participates in building climbs like the Hustle up the Hancock with his team, "Kari's Klimbers". Steve regularly speaks for Gift of Hope ( Illinois) promoting organ donation. He maintains a tribute to Kari at: http://www.climbingforkari.org/
Susy received a double lung transplant on November 23, 1999.
Sylvia is a Cystic Fibrosis patient, and she received a double lung transplant at Jackson Memorial Hospital January of 2006. Her husband Bob is with her in this photo.
Tasha Knobel received a kidney transplant 12/10/99.
I'm Terri, I was born with Tyrosinemia and had my liver transplant in 1991 at age 13. I run at the U.S. Transplant Games and ran my first marathon in October 2007.
Todd was born with Transposition of the 2 Great Arteries and had three open heart corrective surgeries by the age of 4. With these medical miracles, medication and the unparalleled care his doctors, Todd's own heart lasted until shortly after his 33rd birthday. At that point he received the most the most precious gift, a heart transplant. This allows Todd to spend more quality time with his wife and their 3 kids. Todd says that his wife "is truly my angel!"
Tom "Rocket Heart" Emahiser, heart transplant recipient 1/26/05.
My name is Tonya; I'm 34 and live in North carolina with my husband, son, and parents close by. I've survived cancer, but now face the long-term effects of treatment. I am not yet officially on the list. This photo shows my dad, mom, me, my husband and son. These people are what I live for everyday!
I'm Tony, and I received a Live-donor Kidney Transplant(10/06), a Cadaveric Pancreas (12/06) to treat Diabetes/Diabetic Kidney Disease. Pancreas-Enteric conversion surgery 5/07 due to dehydration issues.
My name is Trisha Hanley and I live in Lantana, Florida. I'm 39 years old, I've been married now for 15 years, and I have two beautiful daughters and three crazy dogs. This is my dad, Lou, who suffered from ESRD and recently passed away January 3, 2008. I was scheduled to be his live kidney donor in May 2007 when a sudden twist of fate took us both down another path. In honor of my dad, I will continue to help others here at Transplant Buddies as they have helped us. Although my journey did not end as I wanted it to, it has given me life experience that has made me a better and stronger person. I love you for these lessons Dad…..always have and always will.
Umesh had a liver transplant on Jan 14th, 2009 at the age of 11 months old at Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital, Bangalore, India. Mother was the donor. Now both Umesh and mother are leading normal life.
Vicki is a CF patient, and she received a double lung transplant at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Oct 27, 2007. She is married to Dan, and they share an 18 month-old son, Samuel and a 3 year-old pug named Pudge.
Zachary Renwick, son of Jodi, received a liver transplant 08/27/01.
 
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