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One Step at a Time | The grief of a donor mother

Imagine walking across the entire country with only a backpack to carry anything you may need—including food, water and some type of shelter, such as a tent or sleeping bag. As little as she may have, the only thing truly missing for Divina Moreira Cruz will be her late son. This journey is one she …

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Changed for Good | Saving Lives in National Donate Life Month

Zoe Mar was a bright and bubbly teenager who loved singing, acting, socializing and the color pink. In 2017, the Ahwatukee girl suffered a brain aneurysm that caused irreversible damage. The loss was sudden, unexpected and devastating. In the midst of overwhelming grief, Zoe’s parents, Bob and Trena Mar, made the selfless decision to donate …

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Home Run for Donation!

“My heart was racing!” Heather Jauregui said shortly after throwing the first pitch at a Diamondbacks game April 14, 2019. But she’s grateful her heart can beat properly. Heather was born with a congenital heart defect, known as absent pulmonary valve syndrome (APVS). Someone with APVS has an underdeveloped or missing pulmonary valve, which is …

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From the Heart: Celebrating National Donor Day

Not all heroes wear capes, but Jared Joseph “Bear” Griffith is proof that all of us have the power to save and heal lives through donation. In the fall of 2017, at just 10 years old, Bear gave the gift of life when his asthma turned fatal. Although he was too young to have registered …

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Why doctors WILL NOT let you die if you’re a registered organ donor

What’s in it for a doctor to deny a patient proper care if they knew she or he signed up as an organ, tissue and cornea donor? It’s a deeply rooted concern that anyone personally or professionally connected to donation hears on a regular basis—from a broad range of ages and cultures. Some skeptics cite …

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2018 Fiesta Bowl Parade

The sun finally begins to rise on an early December morning. Dancers start to line up, the sun glinting off their sparkling pompoms. Volunteers begin raising a massive inflatable cactus balloon to float it down Central Avenue. Recipient and donor families sift through green and blue posters to hold when they walk proudly to represent …

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A Full Circle of Generosity

For many families, a place to sleep, enjoy a meal and feel safe is not always a guarantee. Each night, the Roanoke House run by Ronald McDonald House (RMH) provides affordable, temporary housing for up to 44 families caring for ill or injured children. One of those children is 15-year-old Martisha. Diagnosed with kidney failure …

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A Lifetime of Honor and Service

U.S. Army veteran Michael Russell – affectionately known as Mickey – believed his purpose in life was to help others. His mission was to serve, in life and death. Mickey had just completed the hiring process with the Scottsdale Police Department. He passed away unexpectedly due to a blood clot in the summer of 2017.  …

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Attendees painted rocks in honor of a loved one who has been through breast cancer and in recognition of BRA Day.

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

Tracey Warren-Hein is a wife and a mother. She is also a breast cancer survivor and tissue recipient. In summer of 2017, Tracey was busy living life with her husband and two boys, 6 and 8. She was having sweats accompanied by tender breasts, but dismissed it as pre-menopause symptoms. “I have no family history …

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Build a Better Future for Pediatric Donation

It is because of a compassionate decision and a series of miracles that Zamya Noriega is alive today. The 16-year-old shared the incredible story of her liver transplant to a room full of pediatric donation partners at the Pediatric Symposium on Aug. 24, 2018. Her story is one of many, and with the cooperation of …

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