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At Midwest Transplant Network, we have the honor of sharing stories of hope, love and triumph in the face of tragedy as we care for donor heroes and their families. We hope these posts will provide an inside look into the world of organ, eye, and tissue donation and inspire you to add your name to the donor registry or encourage others to do the same. Together, we can help decrease the transplant waitlist.

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Getting Their Flowers: MTN Staff Earn a DAISY Team Award

The excitement in “We won a DAISY with WMC!!!!” says a lot. The story behind the sentiment says even more. In December 2023, a car accident sent Dwayne ‘D Dub’ […]

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Midwest Transplant Network Presents Annual Awards for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Excellence

Midwest Transplant Network recognizes their partners in saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation by presenting annual Excellence in Donation Awards to hospitals, individuals and organizations in our community. The awards ceremony is held during National Donate Life Month.

Scot Pollard’s Transplant Journey: A Big Heart for a Big Legend

In 2021, Scot Pollard’s heart health began to rapidly decline due to a hereditary condition. He needed a new heart, and more than that, he needed a really big one.

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MTN Staff Spotlight – Kelly Timmermann

Kelly Timmermann can fly. From the Air Force to Midwest Transplant Network, her career as a pilot has taken her around the world and across the country. In late 2023, Lt. Col. Timmermann retired from the Air Force after 23 years as a pilot, having experienced 13 deployments and 1,940 combat hours. She joined MTN in 2022 as a Corporate Pilot PIC I, responsible for transporting teams to cases in the mission of saving and enhancing lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

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Celebrating Black History Month: Rev. Isaac Ruffin

“For my generation, with all of the history we have seen, Black History Month is a celebration of the coming to fruition of a people.”

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