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.

Gary Dixon with Chris Hutson Jr.'s family

Making Sure “Little Chris” Is Never Forgotten

Thanks to medicine, doctor visits and, eventually, a defibrillator, Gary Dixon lived a fairly normal life, despite being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Then, his conditioned worsened, and he learned he would need a heart transplant.

Barb Sheble

“Honoring My Donor the Best I Can”

When she was in college, Barb Sheble learned that she had a serious heart arrhythmia and wasn’t sure she would make it to age 40. Now, she is nearing 50, thanks to her heart donor. Hear from guest author Barb in this post.


2020: A Record-Breaking Year

Midwest Transplant Network’s lifesaving and life-enhancing work continued last year, despite the pandemic. Take a look at the impact of organ, eye and tissue donors from our service area in 2020.

Thank you, healthcare and front-line heroes

2020 in Review

Despite the many challenges MTN and organizations globally faced, 2020 was a year of true heroism through organ, eye and tissue donation. Thank you to everyone who played a role in our 2020 successes!

Ryan Hampel

Honoring the “Coolest 3-Year-Old” in Support of Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

When 3-year-old Ryan’s life was tragically cut short in a multi-car crash, her parents made the courageous and selfless decision to donate her organs so that others could live.

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