National Donor Day is set aside to increase donor awareness and honor those who have already donated. Yet, in the midst of a tragic situation, it is the donor’s family that has to make the hard decisions. Those whose lives are saved or enhanced by that decision are often inspired and touched by the families they have never met. To honor the donor families on National Donor Day, here are words of thanks from our recipients.
“Everything I’ve done since the transplant and all that’s to come are because of the tissue donor family. The allograft gave me a second chance to fulfill an unrealized destiny.” May Chen, fresh tissue recipient
“If I was able to speak to my donor, I would be humbled by their selfless contribution.” Barbara Richards, meniscus recipient
“We pray for that family and realize that while our life normalizes, there will always be an empty seat at their holiday tables. There are a lot of people in my life that are aware of that, and I am not hesitant to share the story.” Margie Mayfield, ACL recipient
“I believe the body is the human’s earthly vessel. Our deceased loved ones are hopefully in a wonderful place; their tissue is no longer needed by them. I honor whoever is selfless enough to understand that.” Connie Hilger, ACL recipient
“I’m thankful to be alive. I want to try new things. I see life in a whole new way.”Manuel Salazar, skin and bone recipient
“This may not be a surprise, but I am a full anatomical donor. If something were to happen to me, I plan to pass this gift on to others.” Kurt Person, ligament recipient
“Since the transplant I have been able to play and run around a little more. For this I am grateful to you and your loved one. My family and I will remember your act of kindness and generosity.” 12-year-old Devin Katacinski, skin recipient