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


Erik Gelhar

Erik Gelhar had always lived a very active life. He spent nearly all his free time in the great outdoors and had a successful career working as an engineer on oil tankers.  Suddenly, at just 22 years old, his health began to take a turn for the worse.  He began to notice he was constantly out […]

Maggie Kim

When Maggie found out she had liver cancer and needed a transplant to survive, it was difficult to fathom because she had always been a very healthy, active and independent person who rarely even caught a cold. At the time, she was busy working, playing music, enjoying the great outdoors, and spending time with friends […]

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson always had a yearning for adventure. He traveled the world widely, and always challenged himself with new experiences. Whether it was diving great reefs or building new structures in Alaska. Michael warmed the world with his drive and energy on every journey. Optimistic and compassionate, Michael cared deeply for family, friends, and even […]

Miranda Burland

When Miranda Burland was 13 years old, she developed Type I Diabetes, a chronic condition in which the body lacks insulin production. Heading into her adolescence, she expected adversity managing her unsettling health condition. Miranda considered herself a normal teenager, she had a lot of difficulty in leveling her blood sugar levels, and handling her […]