May
11

Orchestrating Tragedy Into Hope

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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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May
11

A Mother’s Love Never Dies

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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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May
08

FROM A CRITICAL CARE NURSE TO A DONOR MOM

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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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Mar
23

How to Talk to Kids about Donation – by McKenna Mikel

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McKenna Mikel was 8 years old when her 16-year-old sister was killed in a car accident and became an organ donor in August 2004. Explaining what organ donation is to a child can be a difficult task. There are many words and concepts that are hard for a child to understand. The idea of saving […]

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Mar
22

Easter Donor Family Blog – Mark Mikel

posted on March 22nd 2018 in Blog with 0 Comments

Mikel family photo

Renewal. Reviving. Refreshing. Resurrection. These words are used often during the season of Easter. Especially resurrection. For those of us who have experienced the death of a loved one, conversations about new life and eternal life can be difficult, even for those of us who have a strong faith. On one hand, the promise of […]

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Mar
15

Woman receives pancreas transplant, life changes

posted on March 15th 2018 in Blog with 0 Comments

Lisa Stiffler, 54, lay on the kitchen floor. Her teenage daughter stood over her – her voice filled with panic and urgency. Lisa’s blood sugar had gotten low – again. “Mom, are you OK? Mom, eat this snack – it will help!” Since age five, Lisa suffered from Type 1 diabetes. Raised in rural Ogilville, […]

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Mar
05

Being a Member of the Donor Family Council

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Kelsey Mikel and Pappy

In late July 2016, I received a call asking me if I would be willing to serve on the inaugural Donor Family Council for Indiana Donor Network. I was able to choke out a very weak, “Yes, I am honored to be asked.” My daughter, Kelsey, died as a result of an auto accident in […]

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Feb
09

Being a Donor Sibling – McKenna Mikel

posted on February 9th 2018 in Blog with 0 Comments

McKenna Mikel

I became connected with Indiana Donor Network in 2004 when my older sister, Kelsey, passed away in a car accident. After the accident, she became an organ donor, giving many individuals a second chance at life. My parents began being advocates for Indiana Donor Network, and shortly after, I was connected with Indiana Donor Network […]

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Jan
31

Being a Donor Sibling – Krista Hardebeck

posted on January 31st 2018 in Blog with 0 Comments

Krista and Jennifer

There are many types of relationships in the world, but I think the one shared between siblings is something special. I am fortunate enough to have an older brother in my life, but the relationship I had with my younger sister was extra special. We were around each other all the time – and if […]

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