Stories of Hope
Teen's Generosity Lives on Through the Gift of Donation
Donation is a gift that is never forgotten. When 18-year-old Avery Kranski died unexpectedly, he was already registered as a donor. In the midst of their grief, his parents honored that decision. “Because of Avery, others get to have their life and thrive. He is going to be here forever. There’s a ripple effect,” said Kari, Avery’s mother.
Avery Kranski | Tissue donor
Donated Tissue Helps Put Wrestling Coach Back on the Mat
Graham Rose is a pillar of his Ohio community, mentoring youths of all ages as a wrestling coach. When he tore his ACL, all that came to a halt, and Graham suddenly faced knee surgery. He chose to receive tissue from a donor because it would promote faster healing, enabling him to get back to coaching that much sooner.
Graham Rose | Tissue recipient
After Giving a Kidney, Richmond Man Prepares to Donate Liver
“Everybody needs help, even the best of us. Imagine if every person just helped somebody else – somebody outside of your inner circle. The world would never go without.” – Christopher Woody, a living kidney donor who is now being evaluated as a potential liver donor.
Christopher Woody | Living donor
Boy Who Loved Superheroes Becomes a Real Hero as a Donor
Throughout his childhood, Jimmy Januska wanted to be superhero. Instead, he became a real hero at 15 after he lost his life riding on a motorcycle with a family friend. Jimmy's family said yes to organ donation – and as a result, many other lives were saved. "What impacted me the most was probably the letter that I received from somebody who got his kidney," his mother, Theresa said. "She had nine brothers and sisters, and none of them were a match – just Jimmy."
Jimmy Januska | Organ donor
Gift of Tissue Donation Helps Mason General Hospital Nurse Overcome Long-Term Knee Injury and Get Back to Active Lifestyle