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Connecting Lives: 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar

Talk to any person who has been involved with the UW Health Transplant Program or UW Organ and Tissue Donation, and he or she will tell you a story of people.

 

There are so many: The donation advocates, who volunteer their time to promote the mission; the organ donors and their families or the living donors who gave selflessly; the transplant patients, waiting for their gifts of life; the physicians, nurses and myriad other staff who made the impossible possible; the recipients' family and friends, who gave unconditional love and support during a tough time; the UW OTD staff members who cared for a grieving family at their darkest hour.

 

And then those people connected.

 

The individuals featured in the 2017 calendar have forged powerful connections in their transplant and organ and tissue donation journeys. We are proud to be a part of their lives, and look forward to making many more connections.

 

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Dave Barta

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Dave Barta

Many high school athletes view preseason physicals as a necessary evil they must endure before tryouts. Few entertain the possibility they could receive a life-changing diagnosis - like Dave Barta of Wrightstown, Wis., did when his physician discover...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Dave Barta

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Dick DeGroot

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Dick DeGroot

A heart transplant is rarely a sudden occurrence - most heart recipients have to endure years of living with a damaged heart before they even qualify to be on the waitlist for a new one. Dick DeGroot's complicated cardiac history included three ...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Dick DeGroot

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Myrna Hirshhaut

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Myrna Hirshhaut

Liver transplant surgery is not a new concept for Myrna Hirshhaut: When she was 15, her mother, Fida, received the gift of life and became the longest living liver recipient in the world. Myrna spent her life in awe of her mother's courage, never sus...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Myrna Hirshhaut

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Rebeca Vaisberg de Lustgarten

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Rebeca Vaisberg de Lustgarten

Some say family is a warm blanket that surrounds us when we are most vulnerable. For Rebeca Vaisberg de Lustgarten of Caracas, Venezuela, that aphorism was never more evident than when she needed a liver transplant to fight cancer in the bial du...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Rebeca Vaisberg de Lustgarten

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Drew Stapleton

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Drew Stapleton

For more than 20 years, Drew Stapleton, 51, of Onalaska, Wis., lived the life of what medical professionals used to call a "fragile diabetic" - no matter how carefully he monitored his blood sugar, he still had extreme difficulty controlling it. ...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Drew Stapleton

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: John and Jack Stapleton

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: John and Jack Stapleton

John Stapleton, 64, first received a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis when he was in his 40s, but he didn't fully realize the implications of his disease until 2003, when he became insulin-dependent. His nephrologist in his hometown of Santa Fe recomme...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: John and Jack Stapleton

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Cory Adams' Family

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Cory Adams

Ever since the car accident that claimed Cory Adams' life in 2011, his parents have invested much of their time in keeping his memory alive. Scott and Krista Adams of Poynette, Wis., have connected with several of the people who received his org...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Cory Adams' Family

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Debbie Bohman

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Debbie Bohman

By the time Debbie Bohman of Spencer, Wis., was in her 40s, her family already had experienced two tragedies: Her older brother drowned as a child, and her younger brother died at age 34 due to complications from cystic fibrosis (CF). Debbie als...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Debbie Bohman

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Aspen Johnson

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Aspen Johnson

Aspen Johnson's family always has enjoyed boating and other water activities. But for many years, the 15-year-old couldn't join them. When Aspen was six months old, he was diagnosed with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS), a rare genetic ...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Aspen Johnson

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Carol Hay

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Carol Hay

Carol Hay's vocation as an organ donation proponent began just two months after she received a kidney transplant at University Hospital in 2011. She wanted to pay homage to her donor and his family, so she began speaking about donation at driver...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Carol Hay

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Joyce Doty

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Joyce Doty

Joyce Doty of Hammond, Ind., has dedicated her life to helping others. So when the patient advocate heard fellow church member John Babbitt talking to someone else about how he needed a kidney transplant, she jumped at the opportunity to offer him he...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Joyce Doty

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: John Babbitt

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: John Babbitt

John Babbitt, 55, spent nearly a decade of his life battling life-threatening diseases before finally receiving the gift of life in February 2016. First, the Dyer, Ind., man was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007. Then, he learned he had kid...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: John Babbitt

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Tami Hinz and Teresa Vandenbusch

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Tami Hinz and Teresa Vandenbusch

For Tami Hinz, social media has been, quite literally, a lifesaver. When the Bonduel, Wis., woman was in her 20s, she learned that her kidneys did not work. Her brother donated a kidney to her in 2008, and she experienced rejection that made her...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Tami Hinz and Teresa Vandenbusch

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Brigitt Capps and Roger Ballweg

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Brigitt Capps and Roger Ballweg

Just a few months after Brigitt Capps of Waunakee, Wis., donated a kidney for her father, a co-worker told her she looked like she had never even undergone surgery. Indeed, the process of donating a kidney was so smooth for her that she would do...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Brigitt Capps and Roger Ballweg

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kidney Exchange

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kidney Exchange

When Brigitt Capps donated one of her kidneys so her father, Roger Ballweg, could receive a much-needed kidney transplant, she was nervous - it was her first surgery. But now, she feels that participating in a three-way paired kidney exchange at...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kidney Exchange