posted on March 4th 2016 in Blog /

RhondaIt is with immense pride and excitement to announce that Rhonda Berger, Indiana Donor Network Volunteer Advocate & Donor Mother, has been recognized as a 2016 IBJ Health Care Hero in the Volunteer category.

Rhonda began volunteering for Indiana Donor Network in 2010 –  the year after her daughter, Jennifer “Biffer” Spurgeon, tragically died in an apartment fire while she was in college pursuing her dream to be a veterinary technician. Rhonda has touched thousands of lives in Indiana by sharing Jennifer’s donation story and our organization’s mission through presentations, awareness events and media interviews.

In 2015, Rhonda:

  • Served more than 200 hours spreading donation & transplantation awareness
  • Drove 3,790 miles across the state of Indiana
  • Attended and volunteered at over 40 events

Since Jennifer’s death, Rhonda has faced physical challenges as the result of a traumatic auto accident and other health issues – yet she remains committed to sharing her time and energy to honor Jennifer’s gifts and share our life-saving mission.

With her caring and gentle nature, Rhonda has provided support and encouragement for other donor family members in her community and during donor family workshops sponsored by our organization. She also helps donor families by sharing information about our “Threads of Compassion” comfort shawl program within her community and at Indiana Donor Network events across the state.


In 2014, Rhonda accepted a position representing donor families on the Indiana Donor Network Advisory Board. Rhonda’s quiet courage and strength are an inspiration to our staff, her fellow volunteer advocates and everyone who has the pleasure of meeting her.

Congratulations, Rhonda!

For more information on the 2016 IBJ Health Care Heroes awards, click here.





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