For kidney transplant patient Karen Simmons, the journey to transplantation is all about raising awareness and hope for others. In 1997, Karen was diagnosed with lupus, which has severely damaged her kidneys. She’s been enduring dialysis treatments for the past thirteen years, and doctors say a kidney transplant is vital.
Karen always encourages patients to become their own number one advocate and to get...
MacKenzie Koppert, a 21-year-old California college student, is raising awareness about the vital need for organ donation. He's currently in a video contest to win an entry into the Kona Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October.
He's up against 14 other videos, and the top two videos with the most votes by July 3 will win an entry.
As MacKenzie put it, "What better arena to promote organ donation than the big island of Hawaii?"
Below is a beautiful poem written by transplant patient Karen Simmons.
Patients With Patience
Our bodies are sometimes in and out.
But our inner strength won’t let us doubt.
About God’s wonderful power; even in our weakest hour.
We see the sun at the end of the each rainbow,
Getting brighter; but no one
Really knows, when our lives will end...
Aubrie began fighting for her life before she was even born. On February 29, her mother learned Aubrie was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy during a routine ultrasound. After she was born on March 14, little Aubrie was immediately transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for treatment and care. Doctors said a heart transplant was critical to her...