Layers of Life: 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar

In the world of transplantation, everything we do begins with a donor and a recipient. They are the first layer in this journey that offers new life to thousands of people each year in Wisconsin, the nation and beyond.

 

This amazing work extends to include doctors, nurses, coordinators, lab techs, phlebotomists, outreach staff, administrators, schedulers and dozens of other dedicated professionals. Importantly, family, friends and community members make a big difference in the successful path to healing. Another amazing layer is our partners and volunteers - all those with a voice for our mission - who are tireless in their efforts to educate and promote the gift of life given through organ and tissue donation. All of us contribute to a positive transplant experience.

 

We hope you enjoy how we've represented these layers of life, and the courage, passion and talent that forever intertwines the lives of the people in this calendar. The layers that we build together extend further than any of us can imagine, and we thank you for your contributions and partnership.

 
 
2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kameron Pryne

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kameron Pryne

A transplant journey often involves the love and support of the entire family, but in 11-year-old Kameron Pryne's case, he also had his father's own transplant experience to help him along. Kameron's dad, Jake, experienced kidney failure and re...
3/30/2018 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kameron Pryne

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Jerry McCann

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Jerry McCann

Jerry McCann's heart transplant journey began in 1991 after he had quadruple bypass surgery at age 39. Jerry worked to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle but had a second heart attack in 2000 that badly damaged his heart. In 2006 he had a pacemaker i...
6/12/2017 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Jerry McCann

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Thom Nustad

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Thom Nustad

Thom Nustad encountered diabetes later in life. He learned he had diabetes in 1990, when he was declined for an insurance policy. At the time, he had no symptoms that he was aware of and no idea he had diabetes. For the next 20 years he dealt wi...
12/20/2016 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Thom Nustad

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Michaela Layton and Haley Wilber

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Michaela Layton and Haley Wilber

Michaela Layton was diagnosed at age 17 with Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disease that causes copper buildup in the liver. She was a healthy, athletic young woman who rarely got sick, and when she did, she thought she might have the flu. Blood te...
12/20/2016 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Michaela Layton and Haley Wilber

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Martin Martinez Rosa

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Martin Martinez Rosa

Martin Martinez Rosa, 38, became seriously ill very quickly. His recurring fever and frequent vomiting sent him to his community clinic where he received treatment for pneumonia. The treatment was not working and he was going back and forth betw...
12/20/2016 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Martin Martinez Rosa

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Joe Herr

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Joe Herr

You may recognize Joe Herr as Madison's unofficial leprechaun. He makes appearances on St. Patrick's Day at local parades and businesses and visits places held dear in his heart, especially UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospi...
12/20/2016 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Joe Herr

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Gene and Jack Johnston

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Gene and Jack Johnston

Brothers Jack and Gene Johnston of Illinois grew up having a close relationship. They share home projects, and enjoy golfing and taking Caribbean vacations together. While on a recent vacation, Gene noticed that Jack's health seemed to be rapidl...
12/20/2016 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Gene and Jack Johnston

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Carol Wright

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Carol Wright

Carol Wright, 56, was a busy mom of four children, active community member and social worker when she had a heart attack in 2001 that caused severe damage to her upper left ventricle. A defibrillator was inserted, but she still suffered from poor blo...
12/20/2016 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Carol Wright

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Brenda Violante

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Brenda Violante

Being a part of a paired kidney exchange connected sisters in Wisconsin and Arizona and also helped five other people across the country receive new kidneys. Wisconsin's Brenda Violante was in kidney failure and had been on dialysis for three ho...
12/20/2016 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Brenda Violante

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Michael Hinkens

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Michael Hinkens

Michael Hinkens was a hero on all fronts - to his country and to the lives he saved and improved through organ, tissue and eye donation. Michael was a dedicated United States Marine who served in Japan, Afghanistan and Iraq. His mother Christy s...
11/12/2015 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Michael Hinkens

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Henry Mackaman

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Henry Mackaman

Henry Mackaman became an organ donor at the age of 21, after dying unexpectedly from bacterial meningitis. Henry was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His many talents included performing music and writing poems, plays and storie...
11/12/2015 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Henry Mackaman

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: DMV Partnership

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: DMV Partnership

Statistics show that 98 percent of people legally register their donation decision at their local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). When someone says yes to donation at the DMV, they give legal authorization to become an organ, tissue and eye donor...
11/12/2015 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: DMV Partnership