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.

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Austin Cross

Austin Cross was the type of person who would do anything to make people laugh and was always willing to help if he could.

When a car accident cut 22-year-old Austin’s life short, his family learned of his wish to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. Supporting her son as he saved lives through organ donation drove his mother, Stacy, to change her mind about her own donation wishes.

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Isaiah Ross

Isaiah (Zay) Ross was a loving, giving, faith-filled person who always did what he could to help others.

When Isaiah suddenly passed away, his family initially struggled with his wish to become an organ donor. After learning more about Isaiah’s potential to save lives, they became supportive.

Regeina Brazeal

After Regeina Brazeal’s husband died, she and her large family started discussing her end-of-life wishes. She quickly said “yes” to the question of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Regeina did not believe that she would be able to donate due to her advanced age. With the increase in age limit, she was able to fulfill her wish of becoming a donor.

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