• 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?"


  • GALVESTON — Lung-transplant recipient Mike Bright wound up back at John Sealy Hospital a year after surgery. He wanted it that way.

    “I have a lot of people to thank,” said Bright, 60, an aerospace manager from League City. “My nurses, my doctors, all of the staff — they took care of me like my mother would have.”

    Bright underwent a successful single-lung transplant on June 11, 2011, and returned exactly one year later along with his wife,...

  • 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 Miller

    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...

  • Last month, eight our of patients received lifesaving transplants. We are so excited for them and wish everyone speedy recoveries!

  • Donate Life America (DLA) announced that it has partnered with PGA TOUR golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton on a new educational campaign, "Play Through with Erik Compton," which is supported by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. "Play Through" aims to raise public awareness of organ donation and urge Americans to consider becoming organ donors.

    "Last year, Donate Life America achieved a significant milestone when the 100 millionth...

  • In 2010, Cindi Love donated a kidney to save the life of a total stranger—and she didn’t think twice about doing it! She first became interested in being an organ donor after watching her nephew Ken suffer from diabetes from a very young age. When she learned Ken needed a kidney transplant, she went through the testing process in hopes of being his donor, but she wasn’t a perfect match.

    She began researching transplants, and she was shocked to learn how many...

  • Josh Bishop

    In 2011, Josh Bishop had a rare allergic reaction to the antibiotic Cipro that caused irreversible damage to his liver. Doctors say a liver transplant is critical to his survival, and he hopes to be added to the transplant waiting list soon.

    A loving husband to Stephanie, he hates that his health problems prevent them from being a normal couple. He’s so grateful for her unwavering support throughout these...

  • We couldn't be happier for our patients who received lifesaving transplants last month!