Stories of Hope

See how organ, eye and tissue donation has healed lives.

Heidi, tissue recipient

Heidi has always lived an adventurous life with her husband and two daughters. Recently retired from a long career in marketing, she is involved in several local community organizations, is a long-time member of the Unites States Tennis Association, and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities. Five years ago, however, a knee injury almost meant the end of Heidi’s participation in the many activities that she loves.

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Heidi was on a holiday skiing outing when she tore the ACL in her left leg. Her doctor informed her that surgery using donor tissue to repair the ligament was needed. Without it, Heidi faced permanent mobility difficulties for the rest of her life. She had the procedure done, and it was a success. The experience resulted in more than Heidi’s return to good health though — it has completely changed her outlook on life.

“I led a very active life even prior to the injury; however, I took my physique and fitness for granted, says Heidi. “Now I cherish life like never before. Every day is a good day to see, to move, to enjoy.”

Heidi is back to enjoying fitness classes, skiing and exploring the world. Just last summer, she traveled through Europe with her family for six weeks, a feat she may not have thought would be possible five years ago. Best of all, she is able to partake in one of her most treasured hobbies: serving on her local Rotary Club’s wheel chair committee. Each year, she goes abroad to deliver wheel chairs to those in need.

“My donor’s gift is a gift of mobility,” Heidi says. “I am now able to travel the world to deliver wheel chairs and give back the gift of mobility. It is one of the most fulfilling things I do in this lifetime.”

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