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.

Jeannette Hendricks

Jeannette Hendricks' journey with donation was full circle: She previously had received a cornea transplant.

In her death, she saved two lives as an organ donor and enhanced countless more as a tissue donor.

Photograph of Rocky Delfs sitting on a couch, hugging a dog and smiling into the camera.

Rocky Delfs

Rocky Delfs' life ended unexpectedly at age 15 from Brugada syndrome, a congenital heart defect that had gone undetected.

While his family struggled with his loss, there was no debate about Rocky becoming an organ donor, knowing his selfless, giving heart.

A photographic image of Chelsey Updike smiling into the camera while sitting in the driver's seat of a car.

Chelsey Updike

Chelsey Updike knew from a young age that she wanted to be an organ donor someday.

That day came unexpectedly when her 16-year-old life was cut short by a drunk driver in May 2021.

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