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. Maria Fowlkes

    Maria Fowlkes

  2. Jose Guadalupe Tijerina Vargas

    Jose Guadalupe Tijerina Vargas

  3. Martin Colunga Jr.

    Martin Colunga Jr.

  4. Mack Caldwell

    Mack Caldwell

Voices of Donation

“My two boys, the bright lights of my life, are the only children I was blessed with. I feel as if they are together again, but still always with me.”

– Valerie Fourtunia, donor mother
Mike Dunnam

“Why not donate?” she said. “It is the ultimate gift one can give to mankind. Through Ron’s donation, he lives on in others.”

– Kathy Earley, donor wife
Ron Earley

Andrea said they have two young kids who miss him and can see him in the stars. She hopes to inspire them when they get older to become donors like Rock.

– Andrea Joseph, donor wife
Walter Joseph, Jr.

“If I bent my neck backward, it would send shooting pains down my arm. Sometimes my entire right arm would go numb. I was desperate to find someone who could fix it.”

– Dr. Robert Cooper, recipient
Dr. Robert Cooper

“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