“I’ve started this letter many, many times and the words always felt inadequate to express the gratitude I feel”
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Dear Donor Family,

As the season of giving and receiving is upon us, I want to at last thank your family for making my life so much better through the gift of a kidney. I know how difficult a decision you made in order for me to experience a more normal life.

I want to address why it has taken so long to write this letter. First is the sense of guilt in receiving such an amazing gift at the same time you suffered such a tremendous loss. Much time has been spent trying to figure the right time to write. There just never seemed to be a good time, so I kept putting off writing, despite the fact that I think of your loved one every day. Putting off writing isn’t even accurate, as I’ve started this letter many, many times and the … Read more »

“I wish you the best, good memories of the one you lost, and a happy holiday season”
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To our wonderful donor family,

My wife received a kidney from a dear family member of yours. It has changed her life immensely as dialysis was literally draining the life out of her. I cannot imagine the tragedy that befell your loved one for my wife to receive their kidney. For that I also grieve his or her loss as no one wants to benefit from the suffering of another.

I am also sorry for waiting to write you. We seem to be going from one lab result to another, like the Sword of Damocles, waiting to see if we were going to keep this precious gift. Although her creatinine levels are going up a bit, I couldn’t wait another week to write you. We are going on 6 months now and we are hoping for many more months and years to come with … Read more »

“I am able to continue to be a husband, father and grandfather”
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Dear Donor Family, I am writing to thank you for the organ donation of your loved one. First I am very deeply sorry for your loss. Words can’t express how grateful I am to you. Because of your thoughtful, unselfish and precious gift I am able to continue on this journey and God’s purpose for my life.

I needed a transplant because I had Hepatitis C, cirrhosis and cancer of the liver due to my life/style when I was younger. At age 36, I gave my life to Christ. For the last 25 years I’ve been walking with the Lord. My faith was tested in so many ways, before the transplant I was limited in what I could do physically. I couldn’t walk a block without getting out of breath, certain functions I couldn’t attend because of my condition which was getting worse. Then … Read more »

“With tears in my eyes I would like to thank the angel that brought life back to me and gave me the opportunity to keep seeing my family”
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To my angel’s loved ones,

My name is Jaime. I am one of the fortunate people to have received one of your loved one’s organs. I will call him your loved one, as I do not know his name or any details of his or your lives.

First and foremost I want to give you my deep condolences for your loss, and let you know of my absolute and utmost gratitude from myself and my family’s behalf, because your loved one did not just change my life, he changed the lives of each and every one my family members as well. For that, we will be eternally grateful.

Your loved one did not just change my life, he changed the lives of each and every one my family members as well.

Your loved one did so much for me, so I would like to … Read more »

“You and your loved one made it possible for me experience a normal life”
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Dear Donor Family,

I am writing to thank you for the organ donation from your loved one. I am very sorry for your loss, and I want you to know that your gift has given me a chance to live a normal, productive life.

I needed a transplant because I had a kidney disease due to high blood pressure.

Since the transplant, I have been able to control my blood pressure and go to the restroom again. I also have energy to interact with my 7 year old and 11 year old daughters. You and your loved one made it possible for me experience a normal life.

For this I am very grateful to you and your loved one. My family and I will always remember your act of kindness and generosity. I will cherish my gift for the rest of my life.

Thank you,

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“I was a few hours from death when my family was notified that a liver was available”
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Dear Donor Family, Earlier this year, I received a liver transplant, a gift of life from you and your loved one. My liver failed suddenly a week or so earlier, for reasons that are still unknown. I was a few hours from death when my family was notified that a liver was available.

I wish to offer my sincere condolences for your loss, and my eternal gratitude for your kindness. I wake up each morning with my donor on my mind and in my heart.

I am a 58 year old woman with a husband and two adult children. Because of your compassion I will live to meet my grandchildren, grow old with my husband, care for others professionally, and give back to my community in Northern California. I would welcome contact with you but respect your privacy completely, and understand that you … Read more »

“This new-found energy will live through my work as an inspiring educator for the betterment of humanity”
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Dear Donor Family,

I am writing to thank you for the organ donation from your loved one. I am very sorry for your loss, and I want you to know that your gift has given me a chance to live a productive life.

Since the transplant, you and your loved one have enabled me with an immense amount of energy and hope to continue educating and inspiring the next generations to be changemakers in creating a better world for all.

For this, I am very grateful to you and your loved one. My family and I will always remember your act of kindness and generosity. I will cherish this gift for the rest of my life, and make sure this new-found energy will live through my work as an inspiring educator for the betterment of humanity.

Forever grateful,

The Recipient

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“I was on home dialysis for 5 years having to be connected every night to a machine for 9 hours”
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Dear donor family,

I am writing to thank you for the organ donation from your loved one. I am very sorry for your loss, and I want you to know that your gift has given me a chance to live a normal, productive life. I needed a transplant because I was on home dialysis for 5 years having to be connected every night to a machine for 9 hours.

Since the transplant, I have been able to be more active and less tired and have more energy to play with my daughter.You and your loved one made it possible for me to experience a better life. I get to enjoy going out to far places with family without having to worry about not being able to go anywhere because I would have to be connected before bedtime every night.

For this I am … Read more »

“I plan on living my life the best I can because of my second chance”
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Dear donor family,

Hello, I wanted to write to you to say thank you for the kidney and pancreas that was donated by your loved one. When I heard how young they were it broke my heart and I felt very sad for them and for you but because of their donation, I have been given a second chance and there is no way I can say thank you enough.

I am 41 and was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 20 years old. Living with diabetes was very hard at first but you get used to it after 21 years. A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure due to my diabetes and had to be put on dialysis almost immediately.

Because of your loved ones donation, I am no longer on dialysis and am no … Read more »

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