Stories of Hope
Registered Donor, Co-founder/CEO
Donor Father, Co-founder/President
June 30, 1988 – November 2, 2016
Fort Worth, Texas
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.
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.
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.”
Liver Recipient & Sister
January 3, 2010, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
Passed Away Waiting for a Kidney
September 1, 1952 – April 24, 2005
Mark C. Austin is a champion of the Houston music scene. Formerly an accountant, he’s now a manager and promoter for several local bands, including The Suffers and The Tontons. Around town, Mark is known for two things: his epic beard and his limitless dedication to supporting all Houston musicians.
Date of death: 8/22/2017
Donated: Kidneys, liver, bone, corneas, tissue and heart
About Daniel: His loved ones say, "Daniel was the most loving young man. He loved his family and life. He would do anything to help anyone and had the kindest heart. He will always be loved and missed."
Date of transplant: 12/6/2016
Gary's story: "In 2013 I suffered from acute liver failure and was placed on the waiting list for a liver transplant. During the three-year wait, we had to fight hard to make sure I received the care I needed. As a person living with HIV, also in need of a lifesaving organ transplant, we had to find a care team that knew how to work with both conditions.
April 7, 2013
Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas
Edwina Ehmann registered to be an organ donor when she got her license at age 16. She never thought she’d end up needing a heart 40 years later. But when cardiomyopathy made it impossible for the mother of two to keep up with the demands of her job at a legal record retrieval company, Edwina stepped out of the workforce – and onto the transplant waiting list.