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.

Elias Kluth

Elias Kluth

Elias Kluth passed away at the age of 15 months due to the result of an accident. Even at a young age, his mother Marisa said he had developed some breathtaking characteristics. “He had very big brown eyes, eyes that you didn’t want to take your own eyes off of,” Marisa recalls. “He was definitely a crowd stopper. He was happy, carefree, and he loved and adored his brother.

When asked how they made the decision to give the gift of life through donation following Elias’ death, Marisa said it was just second nature. “My husband and I didn’t even hesitate. We’re both donors and we feel very strongly about it.” Marisa said she and her husband knew in their hearts that, through donation, they could prevent another family from going through the tragedy of losing a child.

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