Voices of Donation

Donated tissue can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients and even save lives. This is thanks to the generous gift of life given by thousands of donors each year. We hope that these stories of how tissue donation and transplantation have touched the lives of others will inspire you.

Debra Pappas

Debra Pappas

Debra (Debbie) Pappas, of Raytown, Mo., is an avid reader who has written grants and published a children’s book Mom, Dad Come Back Soon. Debbie has been published by the American Psychiatric Association – children’s division - Magination Press in 2002. She has a PhD in community psychology and enjoys reading. Debbie developed ankylosing spondylitis, which is a chronic inflammatory Read more

James Cantwell

James Cantwell

Husband. Soulmate. Best friend. These are titles Terrie Cantwell gave to her husband, James Cantwell, who passed away at the age of 61 due to an enlarged heart that was three times its normal size. Terrie found James in their backyard, and she immediately used CPR to try and revive her husband. James worked as a carrier for the postal Read more

Shelly Lyons

Shelly Lyons

“I was limited to walking for movement,” said Shelly Lyons, an allograft tissue recipient. Being an extremely active teacher, mother and lover of the outdoors, Shelly had a difficult time being restricted to no sports or any of her other routine activities. One day, while playing Ultimate Frisbee, a favorite pastime of Shelly’s, she tore her ACL. “We live a Read more

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