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Organ Donation & Transplant Stories

Read stories of those whose lives have been affected by organ donation and transplant.

We know that the power of organ donation is best told through personal stories. So, we've collected stories of transplant recipients, donor families, and those closest to them to show how transplant and organ donation makes a difference throughout the province.

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25. #50YearsofTransplant: Sharon Duncan<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Sharon%20Duncan.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />25. #50YearsofTransplant: Sharon DuncanSharon has been part of the transplant community since 1995, working with living kidney donors and now in a leadership role within pre and post-transplant care. She has seen the growth of the program, supporting many patients in their transplant journeys.
24. #50YearsofTransplant: Kary Michaels<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Kary%20Michaels%20dad.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />24. #50YearsofTransplant: Kary MichaelsKary Michaels shares the story of her father who was an organ donor at the age of 79, and at that time, was the oldest liver donor in BC. Kary also shares the importance of organ donation and transplantation and how it helped with her grieving process.
23. #50YearsofTransplant: Katie Powell<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Katie%20Powell.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />23. #50YearsofTransplant: Katie PowellKatie Powell shares her story of being a living liver donor. Her brother Mitch had a rare liver disease and therefore needed a transplant. Without her family knowing, Katie got all the tests done to find out if she was a match for Mitch.
22. #50YearsofTransplant: Yvonne Sun<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Yvonne.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />22. #50YearsofTransplant: Yvonne SunIt's Health Information Management Week! This Wednesday, we are sharing the story of a BCT staff member who has been working here for over 18 years. She doesn't work directly with patients but many people depend on her to complete their own daily tasks.
21. #50YearsofTransplant: Paul Lee<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Paul%20Lee.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />21. #50YearsofTransplant: Paul LeePaul Lee started his morning like any other day until he suddenly felt extreme abdominal pain. He went into the ER thinking it was indigestion; little did he know he would wake up a week later with a liver transplant.
20. #50YearofTransplant: Megan Culleton<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Megan%20and%20family.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />20. #50YearofTransplant: Megan CulletonToday we share the story of the wife of a double-lung transplant recipient. Megan Culleton shares her experience of being introduced to the transplant community and her commitment and gratitude for the entire organ donation process.
19. #50YearsofTransplant: Todd Hauptman<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Todd%20Hauptman.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />19. #50YearsofTransplant: Todd HauptmanFrom a young age, Todd Hauptman battled Alport Syndrome. Finally in 2010 and after years of dialysis, Todd received a kidney from his good friend Tanya. Post-transplant his life has been improved drastically allowing him to lead a happy and healthy life.
18. #50YearsofTransplant: Kristin Copes<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Kristin%20Copes.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />18. #50YearsofTransplant: Kristin CopesKristin Copes has worked at BC Transplant for the last five years in two different roles consistently supporting organ donation and transplantation. Her passion for the transplant community has been very strong from the beginning of her career.
17. #50YearsofTransplant: Ciaran Martin<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Ciaran%20Martin.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />17. #50YearsofTransplant: Ciaran MartinChelsea Sonoda, a donor family member shares the story of her brother, Ciaran, who donated his organs when he passed away at the young age of 16 due to a car accident. Today, the entire family advocates for organ donation.
16. #50YearsofTransplant: Brian Parsons<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Brian%20Parsons.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />16. #50YearsofTransplant: Brian ParsonsBrian Parsons received a new heart 11 years ago. After his transplant, he has been able to go back to work as a firefighter, watch his grandkids grow up and ultimately have a new chance at life.

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