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 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.

Donor Addisen Snyder

Addisen Snyder

Addisen Snyder was fun-loving and carefree with a heart of gold.

When a tragic incident took Addisen Snyder's life, her parents, Scott and Katie, decided to donate her organs and tissues.

Portrait photo of Michele Baumngardner

Michele Baumgardner

A strong, spirited woman who loved animals and rock ’n’ roll, Michele Baumgardner was a giver.

When Michele died unexpectedly, she had the rare opportunity to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

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