For Donor Families & Recipients

“Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection, one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.”
–Albert Einstein

Through the generosity of donors and their families, tissue provides both life-saving and life-enhancing transplants, as well as the means for research and education. These gifts result in increased strength, restoration of mobility and improved quality of living for more than 1.5 million patients in the United States each year.

With caring and sensitivity, the RTI Donor Services team provides donor families with tissue donation options and serves as a resource in their time of need.

We also offer our families events, programs and information to help through the healing process and expand their knowledge of how tissue donation can improve lives. These include the Reflections of Life Resource Program, Donor Family Memorial Quilt Program, informational brochures and newsletters.

Donor Families and Recipients

  1. Daniel Mataska

    Daniel Mataska

  2. Martin Colunga Jr.

    Martin Colunga Jr.

  3. Walter Joseph, Jr.

    Walter Joseph, Jr.

  4. Amy Firth

    Amy Firth

Voices of Donation

“He had very big brown eyes, eyes that you didn’t want to take your own eyes off of.”

– Marisa Kluth, donor mother
Elias Kluth

“We are doing what we know Jessica would have done. We have comfort knowing that she lives on in the lives of the many who were helped by her donation.”

– Julie Mathews Adams
Jessica Mathews

“In some way, it may have made easier to say goodbye knowing that she was helping others."

– Larry Southard, Husband
Kathleen Southard

“Donation is helping Evan to live on,” Jessica said. “It keeps his memory alive and we know that somewhere out there someone has a part of him and is living a better life because of him.” 

– Jessica Hauk, donor mother
Evan Hauk

“I tell people, especially other transplant patients, that I’m 95 percent pain-free, 95 percent of the time… There’s really nothing I can’t do.”

– Dawn Giese, recipient
Dawn Giese