Why Are You a Registered Donor?
Diagnosed with kidney disease when she was just 9 years old, Mary Baliker had to go on dialysis before she received a kidney transplant as a child at UW Hospital and Clinics. Now, she has registered as a donor herself because she realizes that each day is a gift.
"I hope I can make a difference in the life of someone else, just as someone has for me," Mary writes on the Yes I Did! page of the UW Organ and Tissue Donation website.
Mary and others are sharing their stories online in the hopes of encouraging others to register as organ, tissue and eye donors on the Wisconsin Donor Registry.
You, too, can share your story on the Yes I Did! page. You can also include photos of yourself with your submission.
Personal stories make a big difference for those who are considering registering to become a donor. "We feel like the luckiest people in the world," writes Mary, "and cannot express the amount of gratitude we have for our donors, donor families and the transplant staff."