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.

Bette Kroll

Bette Kroll

Elizabeth “Bette” Kroll was an avid reader and gardener, especially known for her sparkling sense of humor. Bette lost her life at the age of 69, leaving behind three children and three grandchildren.

“I don’t believe our children or grandchildren could have had a better role model,” said husband, Jerome. He described Bette as extremely intelligent and utterly selfless. Because of her passion for reading, it was only natural that a painting be placed in her memory at the Kaukauna Public Library in Bette’s Wisconsin hometown. Because Bette loved her family, reading and her flower garden, it was decided that the painting be in a garden setting with her reading to three children; a boy and two girls, representing her three children and three grandchildren. 

“She always did everything she could to help others and is greatly missed by all who knew her,” said Jerome. “Her unselfishness is evidenced by her wish to become a tissue donor. I am sure that any recipients of her tissue can sense what a remarkable person Bette was.”