Guest Stories

We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know truly amazing families since we opened our doors in 2014. Below are some of their stories of their transplant journey, the emotions they experienced and reflections on their time at Transplant House.

Meet Doug, A Living Organ Donor from West Virginia

Doug is a pastor in the small town of Culloden, West Virginia. A year ago, a parishioner approached him, seeking advice: A friend was in need of a partial liver transplant and she had the right blood type to help. However, she had two small children and risked losing her job to take time off for the procedure. Doug was torn between advising her on what was best for her family, but not wanting to deter her from something she felt called to do. Then, a light went on:

Doug also had the matching blood type. His job would be secure and his children were grown. A self-proclaimed "chicken" when it comes to medical procedures, there was nothing cowardly about what Doug decided to do next - he would donate part of his liver to someone he'd never met.

Doug, his liver recipient Mark and their wives (both named Brenda!) all stayed at Transplant House of Cleveland, where their friendships grew quickly. The men formed a particularly close

bond, as the sharing of a liver proved to be an experience that "will bring you closer than brothers." As the two men and their families endured the challenging and unpredictable process, Transplant House was there to provide a home away from home for them, along with the healing comfort of community. Their amazing story is forever a part of ours and exemplifies why we celebrate organ donation and the beautiful gift of life each and every day.

"Being able to fellowship and share with other residents in the midst of similar experiences was a major part of my journey towards healing." —Doug

Doug and Mark outside Transplant House of Cleveland.
Doug and Mark outside Transplant House of Cleveland.

Meet Lizz and Jerry from California

Lizz and Jerry spent months at Transplant House waiting for “the call” and in the meantime made lifelong friendships.  

“Transplant House of Cleveland gave us a sense of community. When you’re living in a city you don’t know, in order to receive medical care, getting to talk with other caregivers and patients who have gone before you is invaluable.” —Jerry, organ recipient

Meet Kati from Illinois

A young woman with cycstic fibrosis breathes easily now, thanks to a double-lung transplant.

“If I were going through it again, I would evaluate a transplant program based upon housing.  We know how important it is.  A hotel is not sufficient.” —Kati, organ recipient