Jul
17

Donation Perspective: From Childhood to Adulthood

posted on July 17th 2018 in Aftercare & Blog with 0 Comments

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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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May
29

Indiana Donor Network Pilot Earns Patriot Award

posted on May 29th 2018 in Blog with 0 Comments

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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May
27

Graduation

posted on May 27th 2018 in Aftercare & Blog with 0 Comments

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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May
11

Orchestrating Tragedy Into Hope

posted on May 11th 2018 in Blog with 0 Comments

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

posted on May 11th 2018 in Aftercare & Blog with 0 Comments

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

posted on May 8th 2018 in Blog with 0 Comments

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

posted on March 23rd 2018 in Blog with 0 Comments

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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