remembering our

donor heroes

Micah Estes

Organ Donor

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May 16, 2023

My son was 32-years-old. This is what his older brother wrote about him for his donor walk:

“I want you to know about a sweet, big-hearted buy who became a complicated man. I can’t in good faith say that Micah was all good, and it would be a bold-faced lie to say he was all bad, but he was ours. Micah would make you laugh until you couldn’t breathe. Then he would make you weep with worry. He would frustrate you to the ends of the earth by keeping things bottled up inside. Then he would surprise you by opening up with shocking candor and humility. Micah was hard to love sometimes, but he loved fiercely and devotedly in return. He scared us and thrilled us and surprised us, and he was ours. There will never be anyone else like him.”

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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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