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Member Stories

Joanna and Ryley Mitchell – Heart Recipient

   Ryley was only two months old when she became quite ill.  It was in the ER that her mother, Joanna, heard the words “enlarged heart.”  She remembers asking the doctor, “So you’re telling me that my baby is going to die?”  And he said, “No.  But there’s a good chance she’s going to need […]

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Dana Trude – Heart and Double Lung Recipient

Dana Trude is a Heart and Double Lung Recipient (December 12, 2006) from Kitchener. She is currently employed with K-W Habilitation Services as an Administrative Support Person. Dana says her most important life role is that of being a Wife to Samuel and Mother to Justin, Joshua and Karra.  Dana is trying to honor her […]

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Pam Ditner – Heart Recipient

Pam Ditner was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in the spring of 1995 when her two children were in elementary school.  With great medical care and significant life style changes she was able to live with the condition for 15 years. In the spring of 2010 the illness quickly progressed to the point where it […]

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Lynda Reier – Lung Recipient

Lynda Reier has lived in the Waterloo Region all of her life. She is passionate about teaching and learning. She was a teacher and administrator for 31 years with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Her love of learning continues as she is involved in a number of book clubs and courses. She is actively […]

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Janet Parr – Heart Recipient

Janet is a mother to her teenaged daughter Kate, a wife to Glen, a sister, a friend, an elementary vice-principal, and a heart transplant recipient. Janet’s heart disease was first diagnosed 8 years ago and progressively worsened over time.  Janet comes by her heart disease honestly, after having inherited it from her mother. She celebrated one year post […]

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Mike Sullivan
 – Heart Recipient

I am a recent Heart Transplant recipient and my first goal when I returned home from the hospital and rehab was to ensure my entire family went online to register as a donor.  I was quite impressed by the ease of electronis enrollment a simple 4 step task ensured that all my family were enrolled […]

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Deanna Brady – Liver Recipient

Deanna Brady was in her early thirties, happily married with a 4 yr.old daughter, when her life was turned upside down. She was diagnosed with Liver Disease. Within 3 years, she was placed on the Liver Transplant waiting list and received her gift of life, a donor liver, on family day 2012. Deanna wishes to […]

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Claire Alexander – Donor Family

  Claire Alexander lives in Puslinch Township and is the Special Projects and Convocation Manager at the University of Guelph but more importantly she is the mother of Fraser, Ian and Christina Alexander.  In December 2001 Fraser died as a result of complications from a medical procedure.  He was just 4 1/2 years old.  Claire […]

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John Wynen – Donor Family

John is a Waterloo Region native for all his life, born in Cambridge, educated in Waterloo and a shameless supporter of his community in Woolwich Township.  He is an Electrical Engineer with over 20 years of experience working right here in Waterloo region. John and his wife Julie are the proud parents of two beautiful […]

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Andrea Clegg – Heart Recipient

Andrea Clegg was born and raised in Niagara Falls and now calls Cambridge home with her wonderful husband, Shaun. She left Niagara in 2002 pursuing an education at the University of Waterloo in Civil Engineering. Andrea is now employed as an Engineer-In-Training for McCormick Rankin, a Transportation Engineering firm in the heart of Kitchener. Andrea […]

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