Stories of Hope

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Tammy Ekrut
Living Donor
December 8, 2015, University Hospital
San Antonio, Texas

Michael Pettijohn
Liver Recipient
December 8, 2015, University Hospital
San Antonio, Texas

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Kidney Recipient
April 18, 2014, Miami Transplant Institute,
Miami, Florida

Manny Garcia is a DJ, blogger and voiceover actor. He and his wife, Nidia, have a 3-year-old son, Josiah.

None of this was even possible a few years ago.

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Registered Organ and Tissue Donor
Houston, Texas

Reginald C. Adams fundamentally believes that everyone deserves access and exposure to the arts. A public artist, “artrepreneur” and community developer, Reginald is known for his award-winning mosaic murals and art installations, strategically located in some of Houston’s most historic and underserved neighborhoods. He says he owes his inspiration to his travels in more than 30 countries across the globe.

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Kidney and Liver Recipient
August 31, 2016, Children’s Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Maddie Smith was born with a rare genetic condition called methylmalonic academia – her liver had a defective enzyme that was unable to break down four amino acids in protein, which led to kidney failure. Maddie would need a new liver and a new kidney.

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Liver Recipient
February 17, 2008
Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

In February 2008, Gary Fickes, Tarrant County Commissioner for Precinct 3, was too sick to go to his son’s wedding. After suffering from hemochromatosis for 15 years, he was placed on the waiting list for a liver, and given only 6 to 18 months to live.

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Flor Dimassi
Registered Donor, Co-founder/CEO
GlobalSpeak Translations
Houston, Texas

Thomas Lacombe
Donor Father, Co-founder/President
GlobalSpeak Translations
Bellaire, Texas

Evan Lacombe
Tissue Donor
June 30, 1988 – November 2, 2016

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Jack, Julie, Jackson, Ryann, Kate and Ella
Donor Family
Fairview, Texas

Jennifer “Jen” Roberts
Organ and Tissue Donor
September 16, 2011 – July 10, 2016

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Donor Family
Fort Worth, Texas

Jesse Castruita
Organ and Tissue Donor
May 10, 1969 – November 9, 2014

Jesse and Theresa were high school sweethearts. Married for 27 years, they raised three children. Theresa describes Jesse as her hero.

“He was the life of the party and would give you the shirt off his back,” she said.

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Donor Family
Mansfield, Texas

Hannah Driessner
Organ and Tissue Donor
June 24, 2007 – July 6, 2017

Each morning, Stacey Pitzer woke up her daughter, Hannah Driessner, by playing Hannah’s favorite song, “10,000 Reasons,” about praising God daily.

“The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning / It’s time to sing Your song again,” say the opening lyrics by Matt Redman.

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Heart Recipient & Son
July 10, 2011
CHI Baylor St. Luke’s, Houston, Texas

Alejandro Mata Mill had cardiomyopathy on the left side of his heart, leading to enlargement, ventricular tachycardia – and heart failure. He was only 31, and he had a 4-year-old son to take care of.

“I felt weak, I couldn’t breathe, walk, eat or do anything. My life just stopped.”

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