Donor Stories

Donor Stories

The gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation has a lasting impact on donor families, recipients, recipient families and living donors. Read inspirational stories from families whose loved ones impacted the lives of transplant recipients through the generous gift of donation.

Portrait image photograph of Dymond Shafer.

Dymond Shafer

After a real estate accident prematurely ended Dymond’s life, his wife supported the decision she knew her husband wanted: to become an organ and tissue donor.

Linnie hopes Dymond’s story will inspire others to join the organ, eye and tissue donor registry.

Portrait photo of female living donor Whitni Noyes.

Whitni Noyes

People with close ties to organizations like Midwest Transplant Network tend to find deep meaning in the mission of organ, eye and tissue donation.

For some, like former MTN staff member Whitni Noyes, that mission becomes personal.

Portrait image of Sandy Locke

Sandy Locke

Sandy Locke was a genuine person who always was determined to give back.

She had registered as an organ donor, and although her children did not know that, they knew that her wish must have been important to their stubborn, determined mother.

Read about recipients and the impact their donors made, or tell us about your own personal experience with organ donation.