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Elias, pediatric liver recipient

Elias was born with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, an inherited disorder that increases the risk of liver disease, and because of his condition, Elias was frequently hospitalized and often too tired to play with his peers.

Sean, living kidney donor recipient

Sean was an active person who liked to spend time long-distance running, swimming, and hiking and also performed full-time as a musician along the East Coast. In 2000, Sean was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a disease of the large intestines, and as a result, was later diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a type of liver disease that affects the bile ducts.

Dawn, heart recipient

Dawn’s proudest accomplishment is becoming the first person in the world to run a full marathon within one year of transplant.

Diane, living kidney donor

Kidney donor Diane wanted to help her friend John when she learned he was in renal failure and needed a kidney. Nearly one foot shorter than John, it seemed unlikely that Diane could be his living donor.

Hunter, liver recipient

Hunter had big plans to become a doctor, but complications from his cystic fibrosis left him as a patient in need of a new liver.