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Helping Others by Helping Yourself

Now nearly three months into 2020, how many of us have already begun feeling burnt out? “What have you done for you?” asked Michelle Post to more than 400 attendees at Donor Network of Arizona’s (DNA) 2019 “Illuminate” Donation Symposium last August. Followed by, “What can you do to take care of yourself?” It is …

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Honoring Gift of Life at Fiesta Bowl Parade

Each year, Donate Life Arizona honors all who are touched by the gift of donation at the Fiesta Bowl Parade. Donor families and recipients walk side-by-side in Donate Life Arizona’s parade segment, showcasing the legacies created through organ, eye and tissue donation. Accompanying these touching stories was a giant balloon of Reggie, the Donor Cactus, …

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A Christmas Miracle

After a nomadic, military-family childhood, Jason Burruel and his parents put down roots in the Valley in 1981, and he started high school. Fast forward to April 2016—married with two children—Burruel previously had a quadruple bypass, but it wasn’t enough. Doctors said he needed a new heart. The fear of his children growing up without …

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Giving thanks for the gift of donation

November is a time to gather with loved ones and give thanks. It is also when we reflect on the healing gift of eye donation, as November is also Eye Donation Month. This year, we celebrate Eye Donation Month by remembering Elijah Perez, a young man who saved lives and gave the gift of sight. …

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A Celebration of Life

Smiles were shared, stories were told, families embraced, and loved ones were honored on a warm October day at Steele Indian School Park. Marcel Pincince, director of Donor Family and Advocate Services at Donor Network of Arizona, spoke deeply to hundreds of donor families about the power of their love ones’ donation and how special …

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Campus Challenge

The sound of excited students filled the hallways of the Sun Devil Fitness complex, in anticipation of what the new semester would bring. School clubs and community organizations shared their stories, ideas, missions and goals with students eager to get involved and make a difference. Donate Life Arizona hosted a table with free T-shirts and …

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Illuminating Hope – Donor Network of Arizona’s 2019 Symposium

In 2012, Traci Cromwell was suffering from a persistent cough that was progressively getting worse. Eventually, doctors told Traci that she had an interstitial lung disease. This meant chronic and progressive pulmonary scarring, but Traci thought she would get a prescription for medication and that everything would be fine. However, it was not fine. “A …

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ADOT MVD Saves Lives Month

Tyler Hedstrom, 17, died by suicide, but his prior decision to be a donor gave many people hope of a restored life through cornea and tissue donation.   While at the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT MVD) getting his license, Tyler Hedstrom checked the box to give the gift of life. His …

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ECHOing the Message of Donation

For 35 years, Danny Eschief worked as a tribal recreation coordinator with the Gila River Indian Community — specifically the Akimel O’Otham group. His daughter, Debbie Eschief, says people were easily drawn to him, and that’s how he was so successful in bringing the community together through sports. He had a community-first mentality, helping others …

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Angels among us

This Father’s Day, we are celebrating the miraculous story of Gene McDaniel, liver recipient and father of three. As a fire captain and paramedic for 23 years, Gene knows all about life and death situations, but nothing could have prepared him for his own. Gene looked in the mirror one day and saw an unfamiliar …

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