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Melissa BongioviDispelling myths and misconceptions

Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) relies on dedicated volunteers and ambassadors to help increase awareness and provide education about organ and tissue donation throughout the western two-thirds of Missouri and Kansas…

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Jeanne GlidewellAn Author’s Understated Transplant Victory

Jeanne became a writer following her kidney and pancreas transplant in 2006. "In December 2012, I received notice that my second novel…

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Matt BarkerFifth grader holds fundraiser

Matt Barker, a fifth grader at Holden Elementary in Holden, Mo., wanted to do something special for National Donate Life Month, April 2012…

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Old MonroeOld Monroe Lions Club volunteers

As part of National Eye Donor Month this past March, the Old Monroe Lions Club held a donor registration drive in their community…

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Zac WildhaberZac’s Challenge: 1,045 and counting

With the help of family and friends, the Wildhabers have added 1,045 people to the organ and tissue donor registry through a program called Zac’s Challenge…

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Connie KochDonor Mom Reaches Thousands

When a person or an organization defines the "ideal" Ambassador or volunteer it should be based on a person like Connie Koch. She is outgoing, full of energy and incredibly dedicated…

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Lee SummersOne Gift x Two

She gave this gift of self to her entire family when she became a living kidney donor to her father. Gary Summers lives in Springfield, Mo., and came to Kansas City for a transplant on December 1, 2009…

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Lisa ZimmererBack in the Game!

"I wanted to pick out my wedding dress before I lost my sight so I could picture myself on my wedding day"…


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Mike FoleyCornea Recipient Shares His Story

Prior to receiving his cornea transplant, Mike Foley saw everything around him in a blur…

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Na'Tasha ReidNew Heart Provides Second Chance

Before Chase Reid was born, his mother Na’Tasha knew her little boy had a long road ahead…


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Don’t Forget To Say I Love You!

The morning of July 4th was warm and sunny. I was sitting at the kitchen table and had just finished my breakfast. Jacob arrived early in his…

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Athlete Gains Chance to Compete Again

Movement is everything to Rachel Frank. While playing Division 1, Big Ten soccer for the University of Illinois, she sustained…

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Five Lives Saved By One Generous Hero

The morning of July 4th was warm and sunny. I was sitting at the kitchen table and had just finished my breakfast. Jacob arrived early in his…

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New kidney gives Missouri man a new lease on life.

Allen was like many other African-Americans, who, along with Asian-Pacific Islanders and Hispanics, suffer disproportionately from renal…

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We knew it was the right thing to do

Quinton and Daria Dodds experienced what no parents should have to endure: the tragic loss of their daughter, Autumn, at just two months…

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Angele had no idea how her career would come full circle

"My mom was such a giving person," says Angele. "Even when she didn’t have much, she would still find a way to give to others. Though it…

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Carol and Michelle are cousins who share a unique bond

Carol and Michelle are cousins who share a unique bond, one that most family members rarely experience. They both received lifesaving…

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This is something no one wants to think about, much less make a decision about

Dianne and her daughter, Kim, have undergone the passing of three family members in the past four years. All were organ donors. The most…

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The pain never goes away, it just becomes more familiar

On his 50th birthday, Sidney started to feel very ill and crawled next door for help. An ambulance rushed him to the hospital, but the effects…

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I never realized how sick I was until after my transplant

"In 1998, Rocky Johnson began having heart problems. Doctors spent the next four years treating Rocky. Then in 2002, he was…

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A Closer Look at One State Employee's Wait

"It started one day with a nose bleed at work that I just could not get to stop. I went to my doctor, and after several tests, the diagnosis…

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Ray of Hope

Jason Ray (a Ray of Hope) a college senior, bible teacher, college rock band singer and most notably the University of North Carolina's mascot…

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Faith Anderson: A Donor Story

Faith Anderson is a donor mom. A title that no mother would ever seek. The accidental death of her 13 year old good-hearted son Matthew…

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This was such a life changing experience for me

In December of 2007, Andrew received a kidney and pancreas transplant. "This was such a life changing experience for me," says Andrew. "I felt…

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You never met a more kind-hearted and giving man than my son

Justin, or "J," died in January 2007 shortly after his 27th birthday. Although, his life was short, the mark that he left on those around him, especially his…

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He and his family’s lives will change for the better

On vacation in 2003, Debra Callaway sat curled up reading her New Yorker magazine. She read of a man who donated his kidney…

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Our field is one of hope and inspiration

"In the last 40 years especially, transplants have gone from rare and risky to routine. And in that same time, the program has grown as well." More…

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She had the biggest heart in the world

Delayne was a beautiful, giving person. She had a smile that was contagious and was involved in every sport and activity at Osborn…

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I feel like I owe it to others to help them through their loss

Merle Zuel was diagnosed with a defective aortic valve at the age of ten. Leading a rather normal life until age 34, Merle was admitted to the…

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I’m back to being ME, after years of suffering.

Wil had been sick for so long, he could hardly recall a time when he felt good. For years, doctors were treating him for an unknown lung disease…

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Keeping life normal on the waiting list

Spending nine hours at home each night on dialysis, Olethia has no life after 8:30 pm. However, that does not keep her from running after her ten…

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Eternally Grateful

The look on my doctor's face said it all. He simply stood there, with no offer of words, but seemed to be trying to find the right ones…

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New Direction

Amy Honeycutt is nursing student at the University of Missouri - Kansas City with a life full of friends, family, fun and a willingness to volunteer…

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Gift of Sight

Tying a fly for fishing can be difficult enough for someone with 22/20 vision, but for a person suffering from a blinding eye condition, the challenge…

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Celebrates son

“He was the type of kid who soaked up life. He had a constant wonder in his eyes and a contagious smile. He always had a kind word and never…

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Letters promote healing and hope

For many families who have lost a loved one, organ, eye and tissue donation gives them a sense of hope, and when families hear from…

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Bracelet Helps Mom

June Laschober proudly wears a green Donate Life bracelet in memory of her son, Scott. She hopes the bracelet she wears every day will spark…

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