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.

Ryan Stoway

Ryan felt strongly about joining the donor intent registry after seeing how his sister benefited from a kidney transplant.

Following a tragic vehicle accident, his wish to help others was fulfilled when he became a donor.

Joe Hecht

Joe spoke regularly about the benefits of organ, eye and tissue donation growing up.

After a senseless act of gun violence, he became an organ donor, which gives his family some comfort today.

Joel Stinnett

From a young age, Joel was a giver with a genuine heart who always tried to help others in need.

When Carla passed away, her mom knew Carla would want to give what she could to others through donation.

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