remembering our

donor heroes

Kevin Hartley

Tissue Donor


January 5, 2017

Kevin was just 21 years old when he became a Hero. Kevin knew the importance of organ donation and how a perfect match can make a huge impact, so he checked the little box on his drivers license at the age of 16. His Grandpa Doug was the recipient of a kidney from a living donor and had many years with family because of that gift. Kevin made an amazing gift to 4 people and helped enhance the lives of so many more with tissue donation. A man with Cystic Fibrosis is now able to live a normal life and ride & train horses again, without lugging around an oxygen tank, all thanks to MY Kevin. It’s always hard losing a loved one, but the fact that my son is a Hero has comforted me since that day in the hospital. I will forever be Thankful for a Perfect Match for those recipients!

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Saying thank you

Many donor families find that corresponding with the transplant recipient or recipients can be a powerful experience. Donor families can take comfort in sharing stories and sending well wishes to those who live on because of their loved one.

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