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Why Do You Heart Organ Donors?

Posted Oct 13 2009 10:04pm


Throughout September, we’ve been giving away free “I Heart Organ Donors” t-shirts as part of our Donor T-Shirt Tuesday giveaway. The shirts are given out to people who register each Tuesday as well as to those that write in to tell us why they “heart organ donors.”

We’re always blown away by the great response and willingness of others to share their personal ties to the issue – whether it be on our Facebook page, on YouTube, within our transplant community or elsewhere across the Web.

We also wanted to share some of the great responses we’ve received as part of this weekly t-shirt giveaway. Thanks to everyone that has submitted responses and remember that today is the last day to participate! Click here to find out how.


The last chance you have to help someone here on earth is to donate your organs.  I have been an organ donor for many years and I have a deep peace about it.  My precious little granddaughter Ashley has Cystic Fibrosis and it is very possible that one day she will need a lung transplant.  This could only be possible through an organ donor. I also have a friend who was the recipient of an organ transplant. I would not still have this dear friend today if it wasn’t for someone who cared enough about someone they didn’t even know, to donate their organs when they left this earth.  I know that someday I too will be that person who cared for someone I didn’t even know.

~Jan – Washington, IL

The reasons that I HEART ORGAN DONATION are simple.  My husband Joel of 13 years, received a double lung transplant October 30, 2006.  Without the generous gift a family made, he would not be here with me today.  We’ve been together since high school for a grand total of 20 years this past June. Unfortunately, his lungs are in rejection, so we are again waiting on the transplant list at Loyola.  Also, we are very grateful for another donor family, as my husband’s brother Kevin received a double lung transplant May 14, 2009.  He is doing very well, and I know that he would not be here with us today if he had not received a transplant.  I am an organ donor, and we encourage everyone we know to become one as well.  Thanks DONOR families!!! We LOVE YOU!!!!

~Jodi, Merrillville, IN

I heart organ donation for many reasons, but the primary reason would be my brother. He has Cystic Fibrosis and received a Bi-Lateral Lung Transplant. We are about to celebrate the one year anniversary of his transplant in October, and I couldn’t be happier. My brother’s donor is my hero because without him my brother may not have had another year, especially feeling as good as he does now. I am proud to be an organ donor so that I may be able to give more years to someone the way they were given to my brother, and my whole family.

~Ginger, Huntley, IL

Why others heart organ donors…

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