Stories of Hope
Terrell and Vicki’s Story
My husband Terrell, named after his maternal grandfather, preferred Terry. He was 61, just a few months short of his next birthday. He was a chef by profession. He loved the outdoors and was an avid golfer and fisherman.
In a moment, my world completely was upended. A massive heart attack had resulted in doctors telling my family, "I was not out of the woods yet." And that they would need to find a long-term care facility for me to go live if I indeed even left the hospital alive.
Before April 2019, I was living a healthy, busy everyday life. I was a working wife, mother, daughter, and friend to many. I was a teacher and instructional coach at a local elementary school. It was not until November 2018 that I realized something was just not right.
Ian has been on the transplant waiting list for six years, spending 3.5 hours a week on dialysis to keep his kidneys functioning. He is hopeful for the day he gets the call from his doctor telling him there is a match.
After receiving a double lung transplant on Easter Sunday, Mandy can now keep up with her two children and live each day to the fullest.
Adelaide's husband Josh brought joy and light to others throughout his life. His legacy of helping people continues on in his final act of kindness, becoming a donor.
Sharon gave the gift of sight to two North Carolina women, and provided healing to many more through the gift of tissue.
Sherman explains how quickly his health took a turn for the worse and shares his message to his donor family.
David Miller has experienced the power of organ donation both professionally and personally. David is a funeral director in North Wilkesboro and has seen how donation provides hope to families during their darkest days. David received a liver transplant in 2014.