Stories of Hope


Kim's Story


She's still giving, even now.

John, husband
Kim, organ, eye and tissue donor

Kim made working full-time, volunteering and being an attentive mom and wife look easy. But her selfless nature didn't end even after she suddenly passed away in May 2011 from a massive stroke.  At the time of her death, Kim was a registered organ, eye and tissue donor. Her liver went on to save the life of a 58-year-old aircraft mechanic. Her pancreas relieved a 59-year-old nurse and grandmother from type I diabetes. Eyesight was restored to two people and her tissue was recovered to restore mobility for countless others.

By registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor prior to her death, Kim spared her family the added stress of making a decision on her behalf at perhaps the worst moment of their lives. "She always put everyone first. It's just the way she was; she wanted to help people if she could," said Kim's husband, John. "She was only 38, but I knew what she wanted. She's still giving, even now."

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"If I was lucky enough, the donor tissue would allow me to return to serving my community as an EMT and firefighter."

Robert, tissue recipient