Recipient Stories

Recipient Stories

Organ, eye and tissue donations can have a lasting impact on transplant recipients and their loved ones. Hear real-life stories from individuals who have received lifesaving and life-enhancing transplants, thanks to the generosity of donors and their families.

Individual photograph of Ward "Buck" Newman.

Ward “Buck” Newman

The late Ward “Papa Buck” Newman was an Air Force veteran with a passion for animals.

When keratitis began to take his sight, Buck required a cornea transplant so he could continue driving for the “Rescue Road Warriors,” a group whose volunteers rescue dogs from puppy mills.

Portrait image of Korbin Staten

Korbin Staten

Korbin Staten received an overwhelming diagnosis at the same time as he received devastating news: He had kidney disease, and his father was in end-stage renal failure.

Six years later, Korbin received a kidney transplant; unfortunately, the transplanted kidney faced two types of rejection.

Group photo image that includes Kirsten Stuck.

Kirsten Stuck

As a young teenager who already had undergone multiple knee surgeries, Kirsten Stuck thought her active lifestyle may have come to an end when she learned she would need repeated procedures for the rest of her life.

Receiving donated tissue has changed Kirsten’s perspective on organ, eye and tissue donation.

Read about donor families and the impact their loved ones made, or tell us about your own personal experience with organ donation.