17th July 2018

Donation Perspective: From Childhood to Adulthood

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

I never imagined how much organ and tissue donation would shape my life. I remember the day my college diploma arrived in the mail. It had been two months since graduation, but only a week since McKenzie had died. The memories came flooding in: the family photos we took around campus, the celebratory meal and […]

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11th July 2018

New to the Crew: Olin Yarger, Clinical Support Coordinator

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

Clinical support coordinators in the Vital Link Donation Center, Indiana Donor Network’s 24-hour donor referral network, field calls from hospital nursing staff and coroners when organs and tissue become available for transplant. Our newest clinical support coordinator made a career change with a personal mission to save more lives after the loss of his wife. Let […]

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28th June 2018

Indiana Coroner Wins Organ and Tissue Donation Award

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

When it comes to saving and healing lives through organ and tissue donation, the term “it takes a village” could not be more relevant. Valuable partnerships help fulfill our mission of saving and healing the lives of others through organ and tissue donation. Coroners play a vital role in increasing the number of lives saved […]

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21st June 2018

Organ Donor’s Wife Finds Healing at Handmade Hope Event

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

Four years ago, I knew little about the organization that has become a big part of my life now. My husband, Robert became a hero to several individuals when an accident took him from us but provided life for many others. He was always helping others – so it didn’t surprise me when I learned […]

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13th June 2018

Strut2SaveLives: Honors Organ and Tissue Donor, Bryan Clauson

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

Bryan Clauson was more than just a Hoosier racecar driver. He was an avid dog lover, philanthropist and beyond. Bryan died as a result of a racing accident in 2016. By making his decision to be a registered donor, he saved five lives through organ donation and healed 75 lives through tissue donation. Bryan has […]

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29th May 2018

Indiana Donor Network Pilot Earns Patriot Award

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

The Patriot Award honors leaders for their superior support of Guard and Reserve employees. Nominations come from a Guard or Reserve member or a family member. Jamie Adams is one of those leaders. Jamie serves as the TxJet Aviation Manager. A nomination submitted by First Officer, Todd Ratzlaff, explains: “Jamie makes sure that I always […]

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27th May 2018

Graduation

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

Graduation is usually a time when we reflect on our child’s life over the past 18 years.  The day they were born, began to walk and talk, their first day of school, the day they began driving and all the days you smiled with pride as you watched them accomplish all their milestones and dreams during […]

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11th May 2018

Orchestrating Tragedy Into Hope

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

As a nurse, taking care of a donor patient is very emotional. My heart breaks for the donor patient’s family knowing they just lost a special person in their life; however, I also feel inspired knowing something tragic can turn into something miraculous. It’s terribly heartbreaking to say goodbye to someone you love, but what […]

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11th May 2018

A Mother’s Love Never Dies

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

It’s Mother’s Day, and I’m reminded that it’s another holiday spent without the physical presence of my son. It’s been almost four years now since my son Marvin “Chip” Wilkerson died. For those that may wonder does it ever get any easier – does the pain lessen as the years go by? My honest answer […]

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8th May 2018

FROM A CRITICAL CARE NURSE TO A DONOR MOM

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

On one night, October 14, 2009, my whole world as I knew it changed. My beautiful 24-year-old son had been shot in the neck severing his spinal cord. He lost a massive amount of blood and would never resume his life as it was. In a single millisecond, his life would end, but his organs […]

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