Nurse embarks on mission to spend the holidays serving in West Africa

In this season of giving thanks, we remember to pause from our busy lives, take a breath and count our blessings. But one nurse is taking the spirit of thanksgiving even further — all the way to West Africa. Instead of spending the holiday season surrounded by family and the comforts of home, Jackie Gallegos, … Continue reading Nurse embarks on mission to spend the holidays serving in West Africa

How innovative brain surgery ended tremors for this Navy veteran with Parkinson’s

Imagine not being able to sleep, eat, shower or the other little things we all do every day without a thought. For years, this was my life with an aggressive form of early-onset Parkinson’s disease. I could barely live my life. But you know what really bothered me? That I couldn’t play with my son. … Continue reading How innovative brain surgery ended tremors for this Navy veteran with Parkinson’s

72-year-old lung transplant recipient honors organ donor by competing in Transplant Games

“Why don’t you compete in the Transplant Olympics?” A friend asked me this question back in early May 2018. “I’ve never heard of the Transplant Olympics,” I replied. But despite my lack of knowledge, I was intrigued. After doing some research, I learned the purpose of Transplant Games of America (TGA) is to honor organ … Continue reading 72-year-old lung transplant recipient honors organ donor by competing in Transplant Games

How we became sisters through a kidney transplant

Melany needed a kidney. Jennifer was a living organ donor. Brought together by organ donation, two complete strangers share their journey to an unforeseen friendship. Melany: The diagnosis Growing up, I’ve always been pretty sickly. Many mountains have crossed my health path, first beginning with the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease known as Crohn’s disease. … Continue reading How we became sisters through a kidney transplant