Stories of Hope

Donor Family
Katy, Texas

Rylen Cowan
Organ & Tissue Donor
April 11, 2016 – June 5, 2017                                                             

Kristen and Travis Cowan lived every parent’s worst nightmare.

Kidney Recipient & Mother
Houston, Texas

Anastazja “Ana” Norris was a sick little girl, yet doctors in Chicago couldn’t seem to figure out what was wrong. Ana’s parents, Joe and Sagirah, moved her to Houston, where the doctors quickly determined Ana had vesicoureteral reflux, which was shutting down her kidneys. Within three years, she was on dialysis, and her kidney function fell to just 10 percent. She was placed on the waiting list for a transplant in December 2015 at age 7.

Donated: Liver

About Juan: His wife, Elizabeth, says, "My husband was very loving and giving and always thought about my needs first before himself."

Date of death: Sept. 27, 2017

Donated: Heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, intestine, ribs, skin, pericardium, heart valve

Donated: Heart, lungs, liver and kidney

En Español

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

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

En Español

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.

En Español

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.

En Español

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.

En Español

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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