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Lauren Martelle

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One month. A new liver. You never know. It was the end of August, 2007. Lauren Martelle had just come home from a weekend in Los Angeles with her family. She wasn’t feeling well. Her mom thought she’d had too much junk food on their trip. A few days later, vomiting and in severe pain, […]

Aleah Hartung

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Aleah Hartung

A mother and daughter share a tenacious spirit.  And a kidney. “I was 18, an invincible college freshman, just finishing my finals in May of 2008 and looking forward to a great summer. I felt my life was on track as I had recently moved out of my parent’s house to be near campus, had a […]

Kirsten Norris

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One dancer.  Three lives saved. “Kristen died one month after her 13th birthday. At that time, despite persistent and often severe asthma, she was taking five dance classes a week. She was two days away from her Spring orchestra concert in which she played violin.  She was in rehearsal as Rosalind in “As You Like […]

MacKenzie Dorn

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A family who lost a life waiting.  “Donor awareness has become an important cause in our family. Not because we are a donor family or a recipient family, but because we are a family who lost a life waiting.” ~ Kristen Dorn, MacKenzie’s mother  “My son, MacKenzie, died February 16th while waiting on a heart […]

Debby Heffern

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(An Article Written for Summit Racing Equipment Company Newsletter, Published Jan 2012) WOW, This is the BIGGEST CARD I have ever seen! Sparks’ Debby Heffern leads Team Summit at Donate Life Walk On Sunday September 25, 2011, The Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Donate Life Network held its 4th annual Donate Life Walk at 8:00am […]

Greg Gelinas

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Greg Gelinas and Ken Sawtelle

I am hope. At the age of 54, I am finally experiencing good health.  My medical journey as, at times, given me reason to give up. I refused to believe that I wouldn’t live long enough to see my children graduate high school or begin their way in the world. I couldn’t believe that I […]

Jessica Drossilus

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Jessica Drossilus

“She never took first steps, she took dance steps. This dream child has such a strong, yes, even headstrong personality; she became the ruling princess of our castle. Music could always tame this wild princess into a dancing fairy princess, her eyes would light up and the music would take her soul on its own […]

Haley Adamski

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Haley Adamski

An intimate request. A small community answers. The first letter went out in July 2011. “Fellow Rotarians, As you may know, club member Tom Hobday has had a long standing kidney disorder resulting from an illness contracted when he served as a forward observer in Vietnam in 1966. In 1995, Tom received a kidney transplant […]