Meet Michael & Elfie Finn-Mckenzie

Michael and Elfie Finn-Mckenzie’s journey to a double lung transplant for Michael began in 2017 when they took a trip to Italy. Before they left, Michael had symptoms of what they both thought was a cold. Cleared by his doctor, they left for Europe as planned, but by their second day in Italy, Elfie was…

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Meet Rodney & Sheena Stepp

“2020 was rough,” Rodney Stepp says when recalling the start of his 4-year journey to a kidney transplant. “It started on March 14th.” That was the day that the mayor of his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana shut down the city in response to COVID-19. Rodney and a group of performers known as Men In the…

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Meet Bruce and Tina Bradshaw

While each transplant journey is unique, many patients and caregivers share similar experiences and challenges. Tina and Bruce Bradshaw’s journey to a new heart for Bruce is no exception. Like many of our guests, the Bradshaws traveled hours from their home in Ohio to Cleveland, hoping to receive a life-saving organ transplant. In Bruce’s case,…

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Meet Bruce and Teresa

“I could not see staying 8 or 12 weeks in a hotel. Transplant House is an extension of the world-class, premier care provided by the transplant centers in Cleveland.” – Teresa Imagine making plans with your loved one to follow up on your shared dreams and create plans for your lives together after retirement when…

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Guest Update: Matthew Young

When we first shared about Matthew Young’s journey in March of this year, he was unsure if he would even be listed for an intestinal transplant. 21-years-old, Matthew has been living with medical challenges since birth. His parents, Delinda and Steve, felt the helplessness and frustration that any parent would feel when faced with their…

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Meet Benjamin and Lovie Armstead

After high school, Benjamin Armstead worked in the steel mill in Canton, Ohio. His wife, Lovie, remembers when he started to come home coughing. His primary care doctor told them Benjamin had sarcoidosis – a condition that can affect anyone, but is more common in African Americans – and prescribed prednisone and anti-inflammatory medication to…

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Meet Amber and Dawn Daniel

Amber Daniel’s journey to becoming a living kidney donor began while streaming an episode of the Netflix series Dogs. She found herself inspired by the story of Michael Kaltenmark, the handler for Butler University’s bulldog mascot Trip. Michael needed a kidney transplant because of complications from Crohn’s disease. As family, friends, and complete strangers stepped…

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Meet Joel and Jan Kessler

When Jan’s adult son Joel became very sick in November of 2022, they first thought he had a severe case of pneumonia. But following testing at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio they were told that he had bacteria in his blood that had destroyed two of the valves in his heart. After 5 weeks in…

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Meet Gary and Kayla Shamblin

For almost three years, Gary Shamblin had battled with hypersensitivity pneumonitis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Initially, Gary’s condition meant he could no longer work but, as his wife Kayla says, he was able to maintain quality of life. This changed suddenly in July of 2022. Gary’s disease began to progress rapidly and the impact on…

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Meet John and Denise D’Amore

John and his wife Denise came to Cleveland from their home in Pennsylvania on April 5, 2022, for one of John’s regular ultrasound appointments at the Cleveland Clinic. He had been coming to the Clinic regularly for checkups since having his gallbladder removed in 2014. As part of that procedure, John was biopsied and diagnosed…

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