Mandy was a petite 18 year old who lived her life with great joy! She was a wonderful daughter, sister and friend, and we’re all better for having had her in our lives. She donated her heart, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, small intestine and all available tissue, saving 6 lives and improving many others with her gifts. Since our family had been given the gift of additional years with Mandy’s grandfather through the miracle of organ donation, we knew we had to pass that gift along to others who were waiting on that call. We’ve been so privileged to know 3 of her organ recipients and are so grateful that they allowed us a place in their lives.
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.
Should you choose to connect, we're here to help. Letters and cards can be a tremendous gift to both the donor families and recipients. To protect everyone, we provide guidelines for communication. Names remain confidential unless both parties agree to share those with one another, and we provide a correspondence address. We are happy to share sample letters to help you get started.
For more information about corresponding with recipients, please call us at 615-564-3649.
When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, you leave a lasting legacy and bring hope to those waiting.
To access the National Registry, click here.