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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Meet Karen and Greg Klos

Karen and Greg came to Cleveland after she was turned down in their home state for a lung transplant. The team in Wisconsin believed that her case was too complicated by several cardiac issues to go forward. After this setback, the Kloses traveled over 600 miles to the Cleveland Clinic where the transplant team chose…

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Meet Matthew Young

This is Part 1 of Matthew’s story. To read a recent update, click here. “A lot of people say they are scared of death – and don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to die – but the life I’m living isn’t great.” The college students seated around 21-year-old Matthew Young in Transplant House’s programming…

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Meet Todd and Dreama Cooper

*All names of other guests mentioned have been changed to protect their privacy. The first thing Dreama Cooper says about her husband Todd is that he “has nine lives.” The Cooper’s transplant journey has been a difficult one. And while each transplant experience is unique, the challenges Dreama and Todd have faced are ones many…

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