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50 Years of Courage: 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar

For 50 years, the UW Health transplant and donation teams have been tirelessly working to create hope and share gratitude.

 

Through the generosity and courage of donors and their families, and the dedication and expertise of physicians, nurses, researchers and countless talented professionals, more than 13,000 people from across the nation are able to share their gratitude for the gift of life they received at UW Health.

 

Together, we can all be proud to be one of the oldest, largest and most successful programs in the country. It took courage to get to this milestone, and we thank you. The people featured in this calendar are all courageous in their own way. For some, courage came through trust or hope. Others had the courage to persevere and prevail through the most difficult challenges. Organ and tissue donors and their families created hope when they said yes to donation. We are grateful to these people for sharing their personal words of courage to help educate and inspire others.

 

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Braxton Hanson

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Braxton Hanson

At four years old, Braxton Hanson is full of life and love. He enjoys school and adores his little brother, Blake. But Braxton did not have an easy start in life. He was born 14 weeks premature and spent the first eight months of his life in the...
3/30/2018 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Braxton Hanson

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Stan Sutton

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Stan Sutton

Stan Sutton, 58, knows the meaning of the word hope. He received a double lung transplant last January after waiting, and hoping, for 15 years. Stan had been symptomatic for many years and was diagnosed with asthma when he was in his thirties. B...
12/20/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Stan Sutton

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Leonard Stringfellow

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Leonard Stringfellow

Leonard Stringfellow, age 59, became very sick, very quickly. "2014 is a year I'll never forget," says Leonard. "I started gaining weight and was very tired. It was getting hard to breathe." Leonard was in and out of the hospital for several months w...
12/20/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Leonard Stringfellow

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kidney Exchange - Lisa, Michelle, Susan, Tim

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kidney Exchange - Lisa, Michelle, Susan, Tim

When Lisa Moore from Wisconsin read an article about a woman who donated a kidney to help a stranger, she thought "I could do that." She was already a generous volunteer and regular blood donor and was looking for another way to give back. She shared...
12/20/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kidney Exchange - Lisa, Michelle, Susan, Tim

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Jill Dillon

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Jill Dillon

When Jill Dillon, an optometrist at Marshfield Clinic, decided to become a living donor to help her longtime patient Lonnie Jelinski, she couldn't have imagined the ripple effect of her decision. Lonnie was visiting Jill for a routine eye appoin...
12/20/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Jill Dillon

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Emily Mahon

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Emily Mahon

Emily Mahon, 24, doesn't let her medical condition define her. She was born with a mitochondrial disorder that prevents her body from absorbing nutrition. At age 2, Emily began intravenous nutrition that took 12 hours to receive each night. Stil...
12/20/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Emily Mahon

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Deana Zorko

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Deana Zorko

Deana Zorko is a busy wife, mother of two active boys and a high school Spanish teacher. She got very sick with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 26 years old, and lived with its complications for almost 20 years. Her pregnancies resulted in high blood pr...
12/20/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Deana Zorko

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Daniel Pekarsky

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Daniel Pekarsky

Daniel Pekarsky lives life to the fullest. In 1985, at age 38, he suffered a serious heart attack while riding on a bus in the mountains of northern Israel. Following the heart attack, he completely changed his lifestyle and focused on heart-healthy ...
12/20/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Daniel Pekarsky

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Joshua Richards

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Joshua Richards

Joshua Richards loved to help people. He was a shy, but well-liked, child. He grew tall druing his high school years and began to play football and work with cars and engines. He was well liked, and his mother, Jackie Pische, says he would have ...
2/11/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Joshua Richards

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Eric Gutierrez and the Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center Team

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Eric Gutierrez and the Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center Team

When the Donate Life flag flew over Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center for the first time in July 2014, it was to honor 11-year-old Eric Gutierrez and the gift of life he had given. Eric loved sports, skateboarding and playing guitar. He was a har...
2/11/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Eric Gutierrez and the Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center Team

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Dillon Mueller

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Dillon Mueller

Dillon Mueller was known for his big smile and generous heart. He loved racing his motocross bike and was a friend and mentor to many young racers. And, though he loved adventures like racing, snowmobiling and rock climbing, he also made time fo...
2/11/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Dillon Mueller

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Gary Geil

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Gary Geil

Gary Geil is enrolled in a research study that could change the lives of transplant recipients. Led by Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, Chair of Transplantation, the study works to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a new combination of prednisone-...
2/11/2016 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Gary Geil