Donating organs is not something we think about everyday... unless, of course, we are the one that needs an organ. Check out the stories of these people who have been saved by someone just like you. Recycle yourself!
You can save lives just by registering as an organ donor.
Lindsey Bingham of North Powder, Oregon, is eight-years-old and suffers from dilated cardiomypathy. She was listed on the heart transplant wait list on June, 20, 2012. After being kept alive by the Berlin Heart – a mechanical pump - for months, Lindsey finally received her new heart on Valentine's Day 2013!
After living in the hospital for eight months, Lindsey was finally able to join her family at the Ronald McDonald House. As her recovery progresses, Lindsey and her family hope to return to their home in North Power soon, so Lindsey and her siblings can resume school and reunite with friends and family.
Lindsey is the third child of Jason and Stacy Bingham whose oldest daughter, Sierra, received a heart transplant over six years ago. What’s more, Lindsey’s brother, Gage, three-years-old, also suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy. Last summer he had a pacemaker implanted. There is a chance he may need a heart transplant one day too. Her other siblings, Megan, 10, and Hunter, 8, have shown symptoms and are being monitored.
Thanks to her donor's gift, Lindsey got her second chance.
Since August 8, 2010, Addy Neal has been able to breathe! After a lifetime of struggle with Cystic Fibrosis, Addy received a double lung transplant at age 23. For the first time in five years, she could celebrate her parents’ and brother’s birthdays at home instead of in the hospital.
Every day Addy is grateful to be alive and share fun times with friends and family. Now a business management major in college, she is planning her marriage to fiancé, Jason, and looks forward to having a family. She knows how lucky she is to have received this second chance at life after watching her best friend die waiting for the same gift.
Addy shares her story and new found energy at every opportunity by volunteering for Donate Life Northwest and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Justice was our first child so everything about him excited, amazed, and worried us. His pediatrician assured us he was healthy, despite being jaundiced. His symptoms persisted, and soon a series of tests revealed that he had biliary atresia. Justice progressively became more ill. He gained little weight and his skin color changed from yellow to a greenish brown. But through it all there were smiles, giggles, and snuggles that made us fight to save our little boy.
At age four months, Justice was listed for a transplant, but we were encouraged to consider a living donor. They told us the list was long and the health of our baby was deteriorating rapidly.
Surprisingly, my best friend was found to be a suitable living donor. She donated a portion of her liver to give Justice a second chance at life.
Justice's transplant was a gift of hope. We are lucky that Justice is able to play, grow, learn, and love. Everyone should have that chance.
Robert Ayers barely witnessed his daughter Lauren's birth in October 2005. Just hours after bringing his wife, Jennifer, and the baby home from the hospital, Robert was hospitalized with further complications from the liver disease that has plagued him for over two years. Before his liver transplant, Rob Ayers feared he would not be alive to watch his newborn daughter Lauren grow up. Because of the generosity of his donor, exactly four months after transplant, Rob hiked to the summit of Mt. Adams with his wife Jen. Rob has been able to be a father to his daughter and celebrate the birth of his son Jonathan.
Laura and Brian Boyer’s youngest daughter Sophia was diagnosed at birth with Alpha-1-Anti-trypsin deficiency disorder, a rare genetic disorder affecting the liver and eventually the lungs. Her parents were told Sophia would need a liver transplant before her first birthday. December 24, 2006, a few months past her 1st birthday, Sophia received her gift of life at Children's Hospital in Seattle, WA where pediatric transplants are performed. Sophia’s health has stabilized and she is now a healthy kindergartener.
The entire Boyer family was tested for the disorder. Sophia’s brother and sister Abigail are carriers and show no sign of the disease. Sister Tatum exhibits a severe form of the disease and will one day need a transplant like Sophia. With careful attention and medication, she is participating in daily life.
Laura and Brian are passionate supporters of the organ, eye and tissue donor registry. They are forever grateful to Sophia’s donor and donor family for the lifesaving gift their daughter received. While living in Depoe Bay, they participated in a cupcake fundraising event at the coast, and Laura helped educate others by staffing a “Go Recycle Yourself” booth at the elementary school’s Earth Day celebration. Laura is currently preparing to volunteer as a speaker for Donate Life Northwest to share her family’s story and inspire more people to register and save lives.
"When you find out your child is going to need a transplant, it's the first time as a parent you feel like there's nothing you can do," Hayley Resk's mom, Julie, explains. "We just needed to be around people, we needed to volunteer; we needed something positive to channel what we're dealing with into." Julie's struggle with her daughters liver disease turned into a story of HOPE.
After years of waiting for and not receiving a donor liver, conversations with doctors and careful consideration, Julie donated a portion of her liver to Hayley. 4 years later, Hayley is a college student at University of Oregon living her dream of studying to be a Marine Biologist.
Volunteering for Donate Life Northwest has been therapeutic for Hayley's parents, Julie and Jim Resk. Julie and Jim, a pediatrician, have volunteered at Donate Life Northwest golf tournaments and Lifesavers breakfasts, as well as participated in panel discussions and presented at Discover OHSU. Julie is currently an active Board Member. They are using their hands and voices to encourage more people to consider donation and save lives. The Resk family embodies the meaning of HOPE.