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Rodney

Living Donor

If you had asked me, on the morning of April 16th 2023, if I would donate a kidney I would have...

Tanda

Daughter Waiting for a Kidney

I currently work for KODA as a Family Support Liaison. I have always supported organ donation...

Byron

Cornea Recipient

When I was younger, I applied for the ARMY but was turned down due to my sight. They told me my...

Tom

Kidney Recipient

I retired in 2017 after 38 years of service as a paramedic with my county EMS service. We...

Danielle

Recipient's Wife

I am a Program Manager at Volunteers of America Mid-States. Every year, they partner with Donate...

Christina

Living Kidney and Liver donor

In 2020, I was browsing on Facebook and came across a post from my aunt, Jennifer, stating that...

Crystal

Caregiver

In January 2019 we learned that my father was approved for a Kidney Transplant. The process began...

Rebecca

Kidney Recipient

God will provideValentines Day 2005 – I got the diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease. So, I...

Rachel

Kidney Recipient

My name is Rachel Bratcher and I am a kidney transplant recipient.  When I was 17 years old,...

Katelee

Heart Recipient

Miss Katelee Blythe Hylton was born on St. Patrick's Day.Her parents already knew about her...

Malia

Donor Daughter

What KODA means to me is when there is still life after death. There is light in such a dark time...

Megan

Husband died waiting for a transplant

My name is Megan Thompson and my husband, William Hayden Thompson Jr, passed away on November 22,...

Ronda

Donor Mom

After the devastating floods of 2022, my 18 year old son wanted to help those affected. After...

Kathy

Heart Recipient and Donor Sister

In March 1987 I delivered twin, healthy girls, but my heart gave out shortly after that. We...

Mally

Recipient Family Member

I was only 10 years old when my grandma started to get sick again. It started with her being in...

Lee

Donor

Lee Carter was a larger-than-life personality in his community.  Well known and well-loved,...

Ashley

Kidney Recipient

Just a little about me…I was raised in Louisville, Kentucky. I attended DuPont Manual High...

Levi

Recipient

Levi was born July 1st, 2007 with a birth defect.   At only 4 months old, he was placed...

Brenda

Cornea Recipient

I am a 32 year old mother with 4 kids, and I was diagnosed with Herpes Simplex Virus when I was...

Eddie

Kidney Recipient

It’s May 2018 - the moment he had counted down to for years had arrived- RETIREMENT. A day...

Ashley

Liver and Kidney recipient

I was born with liver damage that, at the time, the doctors diagnosed as biliary atresia. My...

Kelsey

Husband is a Heart Recipient

At 28 years old, after surviving cardiac arrest, my husband Kaleb was diagnosed with a rare,...

Crystal

Living Donor

My best friends were born with a rare genetic liver disease. At birth Ashley was told that she...

Shellie

Liver Recipient

When I was asked to write “My Story” I quickly realized this story belongs to more than just...