Elizabeth

Tissue Recipient

Story courtesy of JRF Ortho

At the beginning of summer, five-year-old Elizabeth, began complaining about an ache in her arm. The big sister of a newborn, Elizabeth’s parents wrote...

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Rachel

Tissue Recipient

Story courtesy of JRF Ortho

“Movement is everything to me,” says Rachel Frank, a fourth year student at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Rachel was...

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May

Tissue Recipient

Story courtesy of JRF Ortho

May is a world-class martial arts competition medalist and school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. May teaches twenty-five hours a week while...

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Jake

Tissue Recipient

Jake’s life was never without sport: as one season ended, another began. Soccer became basketball, basketball became track, and he enjoyed the athletic challenge of each sport. However, constant knee...

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Kyle

Tissue Recipient

Story courtesy of JRF Ortho

For Kyle Oliverio, sports were important growing up because it was about family. It was his way to bond with his brothers whether they...

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Breanna

Tissue Donor

Breanna Banner-Sawyer

Breanna was everything: responsible, respected, educated, and hard working. She always thought of everything. As her mother, she and I had a very special bond...

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Dolores

Tissue Donor

Story courtesy of Donate Life Northwest

Honoring a Life Fully Lived

Born into a wealthy family in Mexico, my mother, D.F. Dolores Luckow, was referred to as the...

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Jeff

Tissue Recipient

I’m a local funeral director and am familiar with the donation process. I collaborate with Community Tissue Services on a regular basis as we often serve the same family....

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Mark

Tissue Recipient

As a young boy Mark found himself like most other children his age, extremely active and always running around. Right around the age of 12, he began to experience...

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Kaleb

Tissue Donor

Kaleb, also known as “KBOB” was definitely one of a kind! His heart was huge and he would do anything for anyone. He loved and lived life to the fullest....

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Jessica Lynn

Tissue Donor

Jessica was our first born child. She was full of life with everything she did. Always had to please everyone and also make them laugh.

Jessica had a...

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Joyce

Tissue Recipient

Hello! My name is Joyce and I was the recipient of a bone graft! I was involved in an auto accident in the winter of 1999. My neck was...

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Carolyn

Tissue Donor

Carolyn was a daughter, sister, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, cousin, friend, athlete, housekeeper, cook, secretary, caregiver and devout Catholic.

She was the oldest of two children born to Gilbert and...

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Lara

Tissue Donor

Lara Anne died as a result of smoke inhalation and brain damage from an apartment fire while attending college in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was studying to be a veterinary...

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Quinn

Tissue Donor

Quinn was 9 weeks old when he passed away. His parents awoke to find Quinn not breathing. As his parents attempted to revive him, First Responders arrived and transported him...

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Kyle

Tissue Donor

How do you write a story about your child? What do you say? What can you say that will express the depth of love we had and still...

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Mearl

Tissue Donor

Mearl Findley was born February 11, 1945 to Delmer and Marie Findley in Iowa, where he lived and went to school. He joined the United States Navy in...

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Dave

Tissue Recipient

I went to the dentist because of a cracked tooth, and found out I couldn't get a crown because I had severe bone loss in my upper jaw and back...

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H.D.

Tissue Donor

H.D. was an ordinary kid, young man. He went through all the normal stages with the challenges each stage brings. And then..., suddenly, gone-gone. Only after the fact...

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Rick

Tissue Donor

My husband had a motorcycle accident on July 21, 2010. We had talked about donating our organs to help others so they could enjoy life and maybe be with...

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Thomas

Tissue Donor

Tom was born on Christmas day and he was truly a gift. Tom grew up as normal boys do. When Tom turned 18, he was drafted into the army. He...

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Chris

Tissue Recipient

When I was 19 or 20, I noticed my wrist started to hurt and like most people I ignored it for a long time because I thought it would go...

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Noah

Tissue Donor

Noah was born on January 27, 2006. He was the younger brother of Tyler and the two of them shared a bond just like other brothers do. They were...

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Katie

Tissue Recipient

As a child, I had a gymnastics accident that broke my nose in several different places. My doctor said I would need to wait until I was an adult to...

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Lauren

Tissue Donor

When Lauren was born we had no idea how our life was going to change. I know every new parent says that but ours was different. At 6 months we...

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Brittany

Tissue Recipient

Brittany is walking well after her knee surgery.  The 19-year-old tore her ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in a skiing accident in March.  She put off surgery for months, but she...

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Valerie

Tissue Donor

On February 27th, 1983, a most precious gift was delivered to us, a healthy beautiful baby girl. We named her Valerie.

Valerie, a true daddy's girls, gave all...

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Randy

Tissue Recipient

My particular graft, I was told, came from a nineteen year old.  You have to stop and and think with some pause, a 19 year old lost his life and...

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Joseph

Tissue Donor

Sometimes in our lives we cross paths with people who march to their own beat. Joseph Daniel Wohlferd did not just march to his own beat; he played every instrument...

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Jeremy

Tissue Recipient

I was on my way home from work.  A sixteen-year-old girl turned left in front of me on the country road. I swerved, she didn't stop and forced me off...

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Steven

Tissue Donor

On September 22, 2007 at 3:38 am, I was awakened by the ringing of my phone. I answered to hear the shaky voice of my oldest son Robert. ...

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Marty

Tissue Recipient

I have had 30 years of gradually increasing pain. I have osteoarthritis, chronic migraines, and Fibromyalgia. Add bone spurs and cervical spinal stenosis, and the neck pains contributed to...

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Carolyn

Tissue Recipient

I was supposed to have spinal surgery the afternoon of December 16, 2008 but the day my life turned upside down was on December 14th, when my youngest son, Tim...

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Bonnie

Tissue Recipient

"Sixteen years ago, after two months of mysteriously deteriorating mobility and balance, I finally had an MRI, which showed a large mass on my spinal cord. In surgery the next...

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Jerica

Tissue Recipient

"It all started during soccer when I was seven years old. The doctors always said it was growing pains. Then as the years passed, the knee pain got worse and...

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Kate

Tissue Recipient

"At the age of 4 my family doctor discovered I had a disorder called aortic insufficiency.  All through my life I knew I would need to have surgery at some...

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Mike

Tissue Recipient

Mike and a friend were coming back from Arizona, having visited the Grand Canyon and other areas of interest, when the pick up truck they were driving was hit in...

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Laura

Tissue Recipient

In a volleyball game my senior year of high school, I tore my anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.  I was no longer able to run, jump or even walk without...

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Susan

Tissue Recipient

"I received bone grafts donated to Community Tissue Services and I am grateful to my donor who gave me a new lease on life.  At 53 I was healthy, working...

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Laurie

Tissue Recipient

As a child, I was the kid who was always at the dentist...braces twice, a frenectomy, wisdom teeth removal, head gear, retainers, etc.; I always wanted a beautiful smile and...

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Paulette

Tissue Recipient

As an employee of Community Blood Center, I see the value of blood and tissue donation every day, and I'm thankful for the advancements and possibilities of the work that...

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Bruce

Tissue Recipient

For several years after two knee operations, I remained active in softball, weight lifting and martial arts but then I started to experience some pain.  The pain caused me to...

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