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2013 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Our Family Album

Transplant at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is one of the world's foremost organ transplant programs, and UW Organ and Tissue Donation is recognized as one of the nation's leading organ and tissue donation programs.
 
We styled this year's edition of our annual calendar after a family album because that’s how we all think of the many talented, dedicated and compassionate people who join us in our efforts to save more lives through organ donation and transplantation. 
 
Meet our calendar participants below, or view the 2013 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar (pdf) in it entirety.
 
 
Lung Transplant: Miller's Story

Lung Transplant: Miller

Miller has a passion for musical theater. He loves to sing and perform in musicals such as Grease and Sweeney Todd. But in the past few years his passion became a burden as his cystic fibrosis began to quickly take its toll. "I had to push throu...
10/14/2014 | Lung Transplant: Miller's Story

Kidney Transplant: Laura's Story

Kidney Transplant: Laura

Laura suffered from polycystic kidney disease, an inherited renal disease. This same disease took both her grandfather and mother. When her illness began to progress quickly, her husband Jeff was tested for kidney donation, but was not a compati...
5/06/2014 | Kidney Transplant: Laura's Story

Kidney Transplant: Devin's Story

Kidney Transplant: Devin

Whether it's mothers or fathers helping their children, or friends, or even strangers helping each other, living donation allows more children to get back to doing what they do best – simply being kids. Devin and his mom, Corey, and their ...
5/06/2014 | Kidney Transplant: Devin's Story

Liver Transplant: Temperance's Story

Liver Transplant: Temperance

Two-year-old Temperence received a liver transplant on November 15, 2012, shortly after our 2013 calendar went to press. We contacted her mother, Krista, for this update: Krista gives thanks for the gift of life her daughter received. Krista had...
4/14/2014 | Liver Transplant: Temperance's Story

Left Ventricular Assist Device: Keith's Story

Left Ventricular Assist Device: Keith

Keith was an active guy, a soldier and a busy dad. When he started feeling poorly, he thought he was sick or was fighting an infection. Then at age 25, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Keith’s heart no longer functioned well...
6/18/2013 | Left Ventricular Assist Device: Keith's Story

Heart-Double Lung Transplant: Kim's Story

Heart-Double Lung Transplant: Kim

Kim Lowery had Eisenmenger's Syndrome, a congenital disease that affects the heart. As she grew, her heart condition weakened her lungs to the point that her brother had to carry her from room to room because she was too weak to walk. After year...
4/09/2013 | Heart-Double Lung Transplant: Kim's Story

The Gift of Life: Christian's Story

The Gift of Life: Christian

Christian was a high school student who loved hanging with his friends, running with his cross-country team, playing in the high school band, and spending time with his family. He was a giving young man and was always looking for ways to help others....
12/07/2012 | The Gift of Life: Christian's Story

The Gift of Life: Caleb's Story

The Gift of Life: Caleb

Caleb was your typical five-year-old boy. He was full of energy and loved being outside playing sports, fishing and digging in the dirt. After a tragic accident at home in December, 2009, Caleb passed away. He spent three days in the hospital be...
12/06/2012 | The Gift of Life: Caleb's Story

Pancreas Transplant: Sara's Story

Pancreas Transplant: Sara

Sara was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 24 years old, and managed it for more than 20 years. But, as a nurse and an outdoor enthusiast, her busy and active lifestyle made her diabetes more difficult to control over the years. Little...
12/06/2012 | Pancreas Transplant: Sara's Story

Living Donation: Chris' Story

Living Donation: Chris

Chris is a hero on many fronts. He proudly serves his country as a boom operator for the 128th Air Refueling Wing of the Air National Guard. Chris refuels combat aircraft while in flight over Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever his missions take him. ...
12/06/2012 | Living Donation: Chris' Story

Liver Transplant: Doug's Story

Liver Transplant: Doug

Doug and his family are strong advocates for organ donation, and have a deep sense of appreciation for the gift of life it brings. Doug had been very sick for several months, with a virus that filled his body with infection. The virus quickly an...
12/06/2012 | Liver Transplant: Doug's Story

Islet Cell Transplant: Kathy's Story

Islet Cell Transplant: Kathy

Kathy was living with diabetes for almost fifty years, and endured many health challenges - including severe insulin reactions that occurred while she was sleeping at night or even while driving her car. She had difficulty recognizing these reac...
12/06/2012 | Islet Cell Transplant: Kathy's Story