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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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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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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Being a Member of the Donor Family Council

posted on March 5th 2018 in Blog with 0 Comments

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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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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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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