David Y. Lee@davidylee

Founder & curator of @the_waitinglist. Together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.

http://bit.ly/the_waitinglist

[ #kidstransplantweek ]
“You just felt each day him getting weaker, and weaker, and weaker. And lighter and lighter and lighter. And there was a point where we really did think that we might lose him. That was the most scared and saddest I have ever been in my entire life. My son is yellow. You’re walking up and down the halls because he is uncomfortable. Your arms are falling off because you’ve carried him for another three hours. You just keep doing it because you know what, you do whatever it takes. You just have that level of hope. You have to.”

From @the_waitinglist guest contributor Mark Grassinger of Citrus Heights, CA. His son Riggs received a #livertransplant on September 13, 2012. #endthewaitinglist
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National Pediatric Transplant Week (April 23-27, 2018) grew from a question by a father (@cobaltjacket): Can we as a national Donate Life Community create a dedicated observance to raise awareness and help save the lives of children waiting for transplant?


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[ #becauseofanorgandonor ]
“My days may have been numbered. But I did not want to put another human being’s life in danger. It seemed selfish. At one point, they thought they could do a living organ donor; I wasn’t ready to go down that road. I felt it was asking a lot of someone to stop their life, jeopardize their life, and there is no guarantee. If I were to live and something were to go wrong... I couldn't do it. I wasn’t about to put another life in jeopardy.”

Meet @sierradonorsvcs ambassador Javier Suarez. He received a #livertransplant on September 17, 2013.
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April is National Donate Life month, and to celebrate, I have taken over the Instagram for Sierra Donor Services and will be featuring @the_waitinglist stories of their ambassadors every day this month. Follow @sierradonorsvcs to read stories about the gift of life, and go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. Together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #becauseofanorgandonor ]
“They say everyone has a story. I didn’t. I really didn’t. I’m not the mother who has to live for her kids. I am not the kid who has his whole life in front of them. I’m not going to cure cancer. I am not going to make a big impact.
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But while I was in the hospital and afterwards, I realized how special I am. Everybody is. You think you’re ordinary. But the fact is you do have a story. Everyone one of us. I had never been in the hospital before. I was 60 years old. I always figured if I got sick enough, I would just lay down and die. And that was OK. I knew where my heart was. I knew where my soul was going. But it turns out I am a fighter. And I am glad to know that. You don’t realize how many people you impact until something like that happens. So about a year and a half later, I decided that this is my story. My story is that you don’t have to be special because you already are.”

Meet @sierradonorsvcs ambassador Linda Wright. She received a #livertransplant on May 30, 2011.
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April is National Donate Life month, and to celebrate, I have taken over the Instagram for Sierra Donor Services and will be featuring @the_waitinglist stories of their ambassadors every day this month. Follow @sierradonorsvcs to read stories about the gift of life, and go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. Together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #thankyouorgandonorfamily ]
"Watching Beckham compete in the past three @transplantgamesofamerica has been the most remarkable journey. Every time we watch him compete it reminds me that this was made possible by my son Jake. Beckham might not run as fast or as far as other almost nine-year-olds, but he is here to run, and he puts everything he has into it. But more than that, Jake's brothers get to watch him. They cheer on this little boy who has given Jake a new life. And they love each other so much. Beckham calls Ben and Alex his ‘heart brothers’ and as a mom, that is so very special to me. From conception to birth to death, Jake's existence spanned less than a year, but his heart has brought life to a boy who we have all come to love as our own, and that is truly the meaning of the gift of life.”

From @the_waitinglist guest contributor Holly Campbell of Horseheads, NY. She and her family wave to Beckham and his family at the 2016 Transplant Games opening ceremony. @hollyrodercampbell's son Jacob Rian Campbell passed away on August 16, 2007 and was an organ donor.
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Follow my project @the_waitinglist to read more stories about people connected by the gift of life, and then go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. April is National Donate Life month and together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #iamalivingorgandonor ]
“I am here at the @transplantgamesofamerica not only to celebrate (my granddaughter) Abby, but to celebrate life. It is such an important thing for people to become aware of organ donation, and when you look at somebody like Abby (pictured), you know that it is worth it. There is not a doubt in my mind. It is a special experience that I share with Abby. Even if I hadn’t donated to her, she is my grandchild, and I always go to everything I can. I’ve always done it for my kids and I’ll always do it for my grandkids. But the Transplant Games is something very special because it is a celebration of life.”

From @the_waitinglist guest contributor Sandi Grobelski of West Mifflin, PA. She was a living liver donor for her granddaughter Abby Dooley on August 23, 2006.
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Follow my project @the_waitinglist to read more stories about people connected by the gift of life, and then go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. April is National Donate Life month and together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #becauseofanorgandonor ]
“I feel so blessed to have received the gift of life three times: once when I was born, the second time was when my dad gave me a kidney when I was 16-years-old, and the third time was when my mom gave me a kidney when I was 22-years-old. I can live a full life thanks to their gift. I’ve earned a Bachelor’s degree from @sacstate. I am married, and together my husband and I have traveled to six countries and I’ve traveled to sixteen on my own. The world is my oyster and I cannot wait to see what is next. I am so thankful to my parents for the gift of life.”

Meet @sierradonorsvcs ambassador Kyla Aquino Irving. @kylaf0rnia received a #livingkidneydonation from her dad on September 6, 1995 and her mom on August 16, 2001.
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April is National Donate Life month, and to celebrate, I have taken over the Instagram for Sierra Donor Services and will be featuring @the_waitinglist stories of their ambassadors every day this month. Follow @sierradonorsvcs to read stories about the gift of life, and go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. Together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #endthewaitinglist ]
"I never really thought about people who needed organs. I never really thought about what they looked like or what they were doing. I just guessed if they were really sick, they were in hospitals. Those were the people who needed organs. If you watch House, Scrubs, ER, or any medical shows on TV, the person that needs the liver or the heart transplant, they're in the hospital. Obviously that's not the case. There are so many people that are in need of organs to be donated. They're just going on with their lives, it's what you do."

Meet @the_waitinglist contributor Todd Schmaus of Trinity, NC. He received a #livertransplant on March 29, 2011.
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Follow my project @the_waitinglist to read more stories about people connected by the gift of life, and then go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. April is National Donate Life month and together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #thankyouorgandonorfamily ]
"In the 4th grade I was held back a year. I felt so low. I had flunked. I didn't know how to tell my mom. I took an extra slow long walk home by myself instead of with my friends. When I got home, [my older sister] Sandy — I think she was in the 9th grade — could tell something was wrong. I started crying. I told her I didn't know how to tell mom. I remember her telling me everything was going to be alright, 'We'll tell her together.'
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We took a talk down to the corner store and she bought me a popsicle — one of those two stick popsicles you could break in half. I can remember that popsicle. I can remember Sandy telling me everything was going to be okay, everything was going to be alright. I had flunked. It was like a badge of dishonor. But Sandy kept saying everything will be okay, I'll be there with you.
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We went home and usually I race into my mom's room. But this time I knocked and waited. Sandy was standing next to me. We go in and I give my mom the report card. My mom saw that I was so low, that I was feeling miserable. Sandy was right, my mom hugged me, and say everything was going to alright."

Meet @the_waitinglist guest contributor Dwight Armstrong of Sacramento, CA. His older sister Sandra Dunmeyer passed away on March 28, 2010; she was an organ donor.
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Follow my project @the_waitinglist to read more stories about people connected by the gift of life, and then go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. April is National Donate Life month and together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #iamalivingorgandonor ]
"My connection to organ donation began on May 17, 2011. My son Scott was in a car accident. He had two injuries: he had a broken neck and traumatic brain injury. Three days later he was able to become an organ donor, and save five lives and give sight to two people. Our family made a commitment in the hospital that day to have something positive come out of Scott's death. For three days we prayed for a miracle. We just didn't get the miracle we expected. The miracle was that through Scott's death five other people are alive.”

Meet @sierradonorsvcs Public Education/Relations Manager Deanna Santana of Placerville, CA. Deanna’s 17-year-old son Scott was in a car accident on May 17, 2011. Scott was a registered organ donor and was able to save five lives and give sight to two people.
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On September 18, 2015 @deannasantana was an altruistic #livingkidneydonor, and was part of a kidney chain which gave the gift of life to four people.
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April is National Donate Life month, and to celebrate, I have taken over the Instagram for Sierra Donor Services and will be featuring @the_waitinglist stories of their ambassadors every day this month. Follow @sierradonorsvcs to read stories about the gift of life, and go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. Together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #thankyouorgandonorfamily ]
"To be able to meet Marina's heart recipient would be the most amazing experience. My daughter, even though she didn't give her heart to a boy in life, she gave her heart to a 16-year-old boy to save his life. I thought that was a pretty cool irony. I was in the hospital thinking, has she ever kissed a boy? Has she ever experienced love? I don't even know if she had even held hands with a boy.
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You think about the heart, the one organ that sustains all the others. Life comes through and by the heart. To hear her heart beating again like I used to when she was young, what a blessing that would be. To feel my daughter's heart working inside someone else, wow. That's what this was all about. To bring life, to save a life. It still amazes me."

Meet @sierradonorsvcs ambassador Nicole Perez of Sacramento, CA. @mrsnicoleperez's daughter Marina Figueroa passed away on January 28, 2013 at age 13; she was an organ donor and saved four lives.
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April is National Donate Life month, and to celebrate, I have taken over the Instagram for Sierra Donor Services and will be featuring @the_waitinglist stories of their ambassadors every day this month. Follow @sierradonorsvcs to read stories about the gift of life, and go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. Together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #becauseofanorgandonor ]
"To my son's organ donor family, thank you. Because of your decision to selflessly give the gift of life, you saved another. Not just any other. You saved my son.
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But please know your act saved more than a child, it saved my family. And as a mom, please know that with every ounce of my being, I will raise my son with honesty, respect, humility, and most of all, gratitude. His dad and I are now registered organ donors. We too will someday give the gift of life. Thank you."

Meet @sierradonorsvcs ambassador Angela Capra of Lincoln, CA. Her son Draco Brown received a #kidneytransplant on August 26, 2012.
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April is National Donate Life month, and to celebrate, I have taken over the Instagram for Sierra Donor Services and will be featuring @the_waitinglist stories of their ambassadors every day this month. Follow @sierradonorsvcs to read stories about the gift of life, and go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. Together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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[ #iamalivingorgandonor ]
"Being the youngest child and only daughter, I knew my mom would initially refuse. I needed to convince her to let me donate. She didn't ask me to donate; I volunteered. I didn't have to think about it. Besides, a few days in the hospital is a small price to pay for my mom's health and happiness."

From @the_waitinglist guest contributor Camile Orillandeda of Los Angeles, CA. She was a living kidney donor for her mom on September 29, 2014.
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Follow my project @the_waitinglist to read more stories about people connected by the gift of life, and then go to the link in my profile to register as an organ donor. April is National Donate Life month and together we will #endthewaitinglist one story at a time.


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