Monica & Tony Forte

Lancaster, PA

Successful transplant recipient

Tony was born with an intestinal disease and had been on the waiting list for a stomach, small and large intestine, pancreas and liver transplant; however, after a successful surgery, he is starting a better life.

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Laverne Clark

Philadelphia, PA

Heart recipient

When I was sick, something as simple as bending over would cut my wind off. Going up a flight of stairs was a 15-minute journey. Now, nine years after the transplant, my family tries to keep up with me!

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Lou Torres

Reading, PA native now residing in Puerto Rico

Liver recipient

I spent six-and-a-half months on the transplant waiting list. Had it not been for this donated liver, I wouldn’t be here today. That’s how it is for most people on that waiting list—a transplant is the only cure.

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Antonela Kasic

Pittsburgh, PA

Waiting for a transplant

I’m on the waiting list for an organ transplant that can save my life. If there’s an organ that matches, we can’t pass it up  — it’s a once-in-a- lifetime shot kind of thing. Waiting for that call is stressful for my parents and my brother, too.

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Lynda Zendek

New Kensington, PA

Wife of a donor

I’m so proud of Steve for being a tissue donor. It’s been therapeutic for me to know he’s helped so many different people, to know that there’s a part of him living somewhere in somebody — they’re active again, they can see again, they can do the things they love to do again.

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Ron Gooden

Gibsonia, PA

Heart recipient

Not many people get a second chance in life. I’m one of the lucky few.

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Alexis Cathie

Pittsburgh, PA

Cornea recipient

As a teenager, I remember always having to wear glasses or contact lenses to improve my vision. It wasn’t until I got to college that I noticed I needed to get my eyes checked and have my prescription adjusted more often than usual.

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Lukeman Harvey

Harrisburg, PA

Waiting for a transplant

After a year of living with chronic kidney disease and waiting for a transplant, Harrisburg father of three, Lukeman Harvey, is ready to get his life back.

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Brittany Grimm

Erie, PA

Heart recipient

I’m the girl who would be dead if I hadn’t received a new heart. That may be blunt, but it’s the truth, and now my goal is to spread the word about the importance of organ donation.

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