“Everyday is blessing and not a day goes by that I do not think about your loved one”
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Dear Donor Family,

My name is R. and I am now 59. I am married with five children and 14 grandchildren. My daughter is also going to have her first baby in April which will be number 15.

I am still here to spend time with my family because of your gift of life. I wanted to thank your family, and I am sorry for you loss. I could not imagine losing a loved one like you did.

I and my family will never forget what you have given us.

Everyday is blessing and not a day goes by that I do not think about your loved one.

Thank you

R.

“After four years of kidney dialysis, the transplant has not only restored my body, but also my soul and spirit”
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Dear Donor Family,

I write to thank you for your loved one’s organ donation which has saved my life, and given me the gift of truly knowing the meaning of thankfulness and giving. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

After four years of kidney dialysis, and a lifetime’s struggle with diabetes, the transplant has not only restored my body, but also my soul and spirit. It has also given me a charge to spread love, positivity, and hope every chance I can. I have found that friends and family are always faithful and supportive. And strangers and those around our everyday lives are also fighting battles we know not, and deserve respect and understanding.

An actor and artist by trade, I have been unable to do much while waiting for a donor. As I recover, I look forward to being on stage again and … Read more »

“‘New life at 30’ – I have been able to leave dialysis and have more energy to start my life again”
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I am writing to thank you for the kidney 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 dealing with dialysis for 10 years. My dialysis access was getting big and ugly and I was always so tired. Since the transplant, I have been able to leave dialysis and have more energy to start my life again.

You and your loved one made it possible for me to experience something I almost forgot and that is to be normal. 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 … Read more »

“You and your loved one made it possible for my father to be around to see his family flourish for years and years to come”
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Dear Donor Family,

My name is S., I am writing to thank you for the organ donation from your loved one. My father received a new liver and new chance at life because your loved one was selfless and kind. I am very sorry for your loss; I cannot imagine your pain, but I want you to know that this gift has given my dad a new chance to live a long and normal life.

My father needed a transplant because his liver was no longer functioning. For many years, my family has endured great sacrifices in trying to keep my dad healthy. Last year, during the holidays, my father was confused, completely bedridden and unable to walk due to Hepatic Encephalopathy. He was in a nursing home for a month, and we spent Christmas together in the ICU at UCSF. Seeing him so helpless … Read more »

“Your gift has now enabled me to smile and feel real joy again”
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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 am 48 years young, and my wife and I just bought our first home together April 2016. Your gift has now enabled me to smile and feel real joy again. To see and appreciate my life in a new way. I have been unable to work for the past year and a half and now, almost 6 weeks post transplant, I am working hard to get strong enough to get back into the workforce I have been a part of for the past 32 years. I worked as an Outside Sales Rep for a major Heavy Equipment Rental Company.

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“Since the transplant I have been able to retire and travel to different states”
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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 the transplant because I was very sick with liver cancer. Since the transplant I have been able to retire and travel to different states. You and your loved one made it possible for me to watch my son graduate from college in 2013, walk my daughter down the aisle at her wedding in 2013, and just this past May I was able to watch my daughter graduate from nursing school in Hawaii.

I’m so thankful for you and your loved one that I was able to have these experiences. Without you it wouldn’t have been possible. For … Read more »

“You and your loved one made it possible for me to experience my son growing up”
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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. My condolences to your family and may you find peace at this time. 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 suffering from renal failure and had only 9% kidney function left. I was soon to start dialysis too.

Since the transplant, I have been able to enjoy and eat the foods I use to love without having to think about potassium and phosphorus intake. You and your loved one made it possible for me to experience my son growing up. He will be 9 years old in December.

For this, I am very grateful to you and your loved one. My … Read more »

“Your loved one is my hero and will go on to be of service to every patient I provide care for throughout my career”
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Dear Donor Family,

I cannot express in words how grateful I am for your loved one’s life-saving gift. I have thought of your family daily since I received the phone call that your loved one’s liver was going to provide me another chance at life. I’m deeply sorry for your loss and want to extend my sympathy and condolences during this difficult time.

As someone who is in awe of your generosity, I want to share with you who I am. I’m in my late thirties, currently reside in northern California, and extremely close to my family. I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease and underwent a living donor liver transplant from my cousin years ago. Unfortunately, I was rediagnosed a few years later and listed for another liver transplant.

During my nearly three year wait, I wasn’t living; I was merely surviving. My … Read more »

“Receiving this kidney makes me affirm daily how good humanity is for me and for the world.”
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Dear Donor Family,

I am a 72 year old woman, whose family has a history of polycytic kidney disease, so after a six year wait, I am very grateful for this wonderful gift I have received. Your family member allowed me to be more alive in this world and to have better health. I am truly grateful for this gift and will always be mindful that it was a gift.

I am now able to eat, whatever I want, travel without my dialysis machine and medicine, and also to be more active. I cannot say in words what it means to eat whatever I want, because in the last six years, I had to limit my most favorite foods and because of those limitations, I lost weight and my appetite. This new kidney has many dimension of JOY!

I just want you to know that … Read more »

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