R.J. – A Hero at age 2

A brilliant little boy, RJ started walking at 8 ½ months and potty trained himself at 18 months. He had a vocabulary of 175 words and the coordinating ASL signs. RJ loved to play basketball, dance, swim, play with dogs, and feed the ducks. And let’s not forget his shades, RJ love to wear glasses—sun, 3D, goggles, even Mommy’s prescriptions….
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Missing Oscar’s Smile

Oscar was one of four children. He was a good student who enjoyed and did well in school. He especially loved reading anything he could put his hands on. He was loved by the members of his church where he participated in many activities. Oscar was an excellent son, respected by all. He had a smile for everyone he met….
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A Co-experience with Joy – Conrad’s Story

Conrad is the fourth of our seven children. He had many talents and interests—he could quote Shakespeare, diagnose your sick fish, fix your crashed computer, or dissect a possum. He could juggle anything toss-able and loved magic tricks. He could challenge your best argument or encompass you with his heart-melting hug. Conrad loved animals, harboring many varieties over the years…
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A Heart for Christmas – Verl’s Story

Verl is a Vietnam Veteran. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 through 1969. The Salt Lake County resident describes himself as the luckiest man in the world. A few years ago when his heart began to fail, he was told he would need a heart transplant. He expected a very long wait. This is where his luck began….
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The First Liver Transplant in Utah – Lyle’s Story

When Lyle first became sick back in 1982, liver transplants were not being done in Utah. As his liver disease progressed, exciting things were happening in the field of transplantation in Utah. The liver transplant program in Utah started in late 1985 and Lyle was the second person on this list. When the call came, Lyle learned that he would…
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A Future Nurse with a Loving Heart – Ixel’s Story

Ixel was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and had a heart transplant when she was eight years old. She likes reading, playing volleyball and playing the violin. She was recently able to meet the family of the young man who donated his heart after he died. She is very grateful to her donor and his family for giving her the chance to…
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A Kidney for his 21st Birthday – Eddie’s Story

Eddie became sick and was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was 13 years old. At the time, he was told he would need a kidney transplant someday, but he would not be put on the waiting list until his kidneys became worse. His kidneys lasted until he was almost 21 years old, but then they began to fail rapidly….
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Honoring Her Son’s Wishes – Adam’s Story

Adam’s mom, Lisa, remembers exactly where she was standing when her son Adam brought up the subject of organ donation. When Lisa was faced with the reality of losing her teenage son, that conversation came back to her and she readily made the decision to donate Adam’s organs. Steve, who had been struggling with liver disease, was the recipient of…
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