Stories of Hope

We have worked with thousands of donor families. So many of them have selflessly shared their stories with us—and we’ve seen firsthand that donation can bring great comfort during a time of terrible grief. By continuing to share these stories, we hope to save more lives through organ and tissue donation across Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington.


For a complete list of our Stories of Hope, please visit the Stories of Hope Archives.


Stories of Hope Archives


Cindy Kehl

For Cindy Kehl, hospital visits became an all too frequent occurrence in her life. In 1991 her sister was diagnosed with dilated familial cardiomyopathy, a genetic form of heart disease. Her sister was put on the transplant waiting list and eventually received a second chance at life, however many of Cindy’s family members, who also […]

Karsten Weathersby

Karsten Weathersby was enjoying a carefree life filled with friends, sports, and video games when things suddenly began to change. He noticed his body growing weaker with each day until even walking short distances was nearly impossible. Just after his second year of college, Karsten was diagnosed with kidney failure. He remembers tearfully listening to […]

Bill Bancroft

Meeting someone with a connection to organ, eye, and tissue donation can be a common occurrence, but having multiple connections to donation is relatively rare. Bill Bancroft of Spokane Valley has four immediate connections to organ donation, and not a day goes on that he doesn’t think about the need for more registered donors in the […]

Josh Heser

You could always find Joshua Heser enjoying life to the fullest in the great outdoors of Montana or on a ranch. Born and raised in the country, Josh was an avid adventurer; he loved hunting, fishing, backpacking, and riding his four-wheeler. Although he loved everything about the outdoors, family was extremely important. He dedicated time […]