Donor Family

Mandy Montgomery

Mandy Montgomery

“In the end, something really great came out of a senseless tragedy. We were able to do what Chris wanted, and that’s been awesome.” — Mandy Montgomery For the Curry family, Chris was the glue that held things together and made them stronger. From remodeling his parents’ home to forging an irreplaceable bond with his nephews, Chris was always eager to step up and make a difference. His mom, Cheryl,… Read More »Mandy Montgomery

Tina Gaither

Tina Gaither

“My mom wanted to do good things and leave a mark on the world — who could have imagined that this was going to be the way.” – Tina Gaither Tina Gaither likes talking about her mom. Donné Mills, Tina will tell you, was an avid reader, followed current events and taught her grandchildren Black history. She was a stroke survivor who spent the last two years of her life… Read More »Tina Gaither

Annie and Connie

Anna and Connie Gorman

“My dad was always giving, and so was my husband, Adam. We wanted their legacies to carry on.”   – Anna Gorman Anna Gorman has been a registered organ donor since she obtained her first driver’s license in 1996. Her mom, Connie Gorman, knew about organ and tissue donation from working in the medical field for 35 years. Today, both women are grateful for how a basic understanding of the… Read More »Anna and Connie Gorman

Vanderkleed family

Vanderkleed Family

“We wanted to try and prevent any other parents from going through what we were going through.”  — Drew Vanderkleed Just days before her two-year-old son Logan died from a tragic accident, Lisa Vanderkleed was teaching her students at Lafayette Christian School about finding joy in the midst of sorrow. Looking back, Lisa says she believes that lesson from the Bible was God’s way of preparing her family for the… Read More »Vanderkleed Family

Worthington Family

Worthington Family

“I just got a feeling our son was saying to us, ‘What are you doing? Don’t let a tragedy breed a tragedy; let a tragedy create a miracle.’”  — Wil Worthington  At first, Wil and Rhena Worthington didn’t want any part of it. But just minutes after refusing to discuss donating their 11-year-old son’s organs, they both—almost at the same time—had second thoughts. “I was sitting at the end of… Read More »Worthington Family

Tracy Cox

Tracy Cox

“The next 13 sunrises and sunsets were a blur of a hospital, family, tears, hope—and ultimately, the realization that my mom was not going to recover.” – Tracy Cox Every year Tracy Cox travels to the west bluff of Mackinac Island to gaze out at clear blue water and the Mackinac Island Bridge. For Tracy, it recaptures a simple moment in time with her mom. Seventeen years ago when Tracy… Read More »Tracy Cox

Barnett family

Ted Barnett

“Our dad had a very strong belief in God and strong faith. That is what carried him through his illness and the transplant, and that’s what we were able to rely on when he passed away unexpectedly.” – Ashley and Alicia Barnett, daughters of Ted Barnett Ted Barnett enjoyed eight full years of life after his kidney transplant in 1997. He spent time with his devoted wife, Sadie; Ashley and… Read More »Ted Barnett

Rhonda Berger

Rhonda Berger

“Jennifer’s decision to be an organ and tissue donor not only gave others a second chance at life, it also made it a little easier for us to cope with such a tragic event in knowing that she continues to live on in the lives of others.” – Rhonda Berger Picture a cold January day.  The snow on the ground sparkles under the sunlight as if someone had sprinkled glitter… Read More »Rhonda Berger

Haleigh Mann

Haleigh Mann

Let us introduce you to Haleigh Mann. On January 7, 2013, Haleigh’s mother saved three lives through her gift of organ donation. Watch Haleigh’s inspiring story below to learn how donation and transplantation turned her tragedy into a blessing.   Sign Up to be an Organ Donor