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9th May 2014
Recipient of the Day
Simon 'Geg' Ripley
Heart Transplant 2008
"What doesn't break me makes me!"...
In Feb 2008 I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy after a bad chest infection. This could have been due to chemotherapy when I was a child as I had leukaemia at the age of 5 they don't know if my heart was already weakened.
My prognosis was 6 months to live if I didn't get a transplant.
I was put on the transplant list late April and luckily only waited 4 weeks for my call.
After my transplant I took up cycling and have competed in 4 British transplant games, one European and the World games in South Africa last year. I have won a total of 15 medals and been the 1st heart cyclist to become double British champion in 2012.
My other hobbies are football, Motorsport and TAEKWONDO, and spending time with my 2 children.

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7th May 2014
Donor of the Day
Danielle
She Save 7 Peoples Lives including Natalie Anne
Natalie writes...
"Danielle is my donor and my life saver, 3rd September 1995 she died due to a tragic horse riding accident and through this grief her mother Jan was baring she somehow found the strength to agree to donating her organs.
Through this Danielle saved 7 life's including mine.
The moment I had my transplant my mum wrote a letter to my donors mum thanking her for what she has done and how she came to the decision she had made.
The letters were sent through the transplant co ordinator and over the years until I was six, letters were sent to Jan explaining how much I was improving after the transplant. I then met Jan at the age of six and at this time I didn't really know what was happening so I just went up to her and her husband and just said Thankyou for what she did. She has not had the greatest of times, but she has the strength to carry on with a smile which is just incredible.
I regularly keep in contact with her and tell her about the all progress I'm making, I see her once or twice a year. I'll never forget what this incredible women had done for me and my family!

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5th May 2014
Recipient of the Day
Angie Eddy
Liver Transplant 2012
"I had PBC which led to my liver transplant in December 2012....
I would have died without the transplant but my life was transformed by a stranger, someone who had the generosity of spirit and foresight to register as an organ donor. I am eternally grateful and words can never express the gratitude felt by myself and my family. Thanks to my donor I can see my children grow and develop into mature young adults who make me very proud.
Since the transplant I have learnt Tai Chi, taken up Pilates and my Husband and I are learning Latin and ballroom dancing. I have also taken part in a 5Km swim for sports relief this year. I am back working part time and enjoying life to the full. My message to anyone thinking about being a donor is "do it" registration is fast and easy and remember to discuss your wishes with your family so they are aware of your decision.

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1st May 2014
Donor of the Day
Toby Hart
" His heart is still beating and that is Just Magic "
Toby made the decision to become a donor when he was 14 and became a donor aged 16.
He liked his first year of college and worked at Topman and Honda.
He loved to buy shoes!
He was a Liverpool FC supporter.
He was the best of company and had an ace sense of humour.
He became a donor in July 2012 and gave the gift of a better life to 4 people.
His family have received letters from 2 of his recipients, they are amongst his Mums ( Sally Hart ) most treasured possessions.

Toby

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29th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Anna Baker
Double Lung Transplant 2009
" I am now 31 years old, married with a son who is nearly 10. I now an assistant cub scout leader and Beaver scout leader. I love it hoping to leave this world a little bit of a better place. " Anna

Anna

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24/04/14
Recipient of the Day
Natalie Anne
Kidney Transplant 1995
"I am thankful for the life I've been given, and living it to the best I can and the way my donor would want me to life it."...
Natalie enjoys pub lunches with friends and spending time with family and her boyfriend when she isn't not working,
"I'm grateful to my donor who I'm still in contact with, if it wasn't for this transplant I received nearly 19 years I wouldn't be here today nearly turning 21! I`ll be forever grateful too my second mum who is donor!"

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22nd April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Keeleigh John
Kidney and Liver Transplant 2011
"I've been given a second chance at life and the chance to live a full life."...
Keeleigh competes in the British Transplant games in swimming, track and field.
"I'm thankful to my donor family whom without I wouldn't be here today.
I've had the opportunity to receive a letter from my donor's daughter. So many emotions when this came through the door.
I plan to live on for both me and my donor."

Keeleigh

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16th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Richard Lampert
"In the 27years since my transplant my health has been generally good. I thank Chris McGregor, my surgeon, the team at the Freeman Hospital and of course my donor for giving me the transplant and giving me the full and rewarding life I now have."
Richard enjoys water sports and looking after his new puppy Holly a border terrier....
"I would like to urge everyone to sign the organ donor register so that more critically ill people can get the opportunity that I was given for a new life."

Richard

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11th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Rose Metler
Heart Transplant 2008
"I am very grateful to be given a second chance."...
Rose loves the outdoors, boating, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
" I always say your only as old as you feel and I have the heart of a 25 year old."

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9th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Tony Doyle
Double Lung Transplant 2008 & 2013
"Make every breath count!!!"...
Tony is a keen tennis player and transplant games participant, multiple gold and silver medal winner over the years, he also enjoys dining out and is studying Law in a view to becoming a solicitor.
" I am currently planning to get married to my fiancé in 2016."

Tony

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7th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Matthew Curran
Heart Transplant 2011
" Always grateful for the support provided by my fiancé during the time spent in hospital and now, not forgetting my donor without who I wouldn't be here today."...
Matthews hobbies are walking the dog, badminton and watching tv.
"I retired from the RAF last year and now work for bt openreach."

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3rd April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Jack Goodland
Kidney Transplant 1999
"I feel very grateful for the ‘gift of life’ as I have had some fabulous adventures and met so many amazing people over the years."...
Jack is a very keen sportsman and has tried most sports. He has now settled on table tennis and bowls and has competed in the British Transplant Games every year since 2001, as well as two world transplant games in Sweden and South Africa.
We all view the transplant journey as a bit of a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs, but the whole family feel that the experience has enriched our lives in so many ways.
Jack was diagnosed with chronic renal failure at age of 7 weeks, caused by posterior urethral valves. He started dialysis at age of 6 months and was tube fed. Jack had a kidney transplant at the age of 2 years and 4 months, thanks to the generosity of his donor family.
Jack has met his donor family and keeps in touch via Facebook.

Jack

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1st April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Holly Werlein
Liver Transplant 2006
"Be the change you want to see in the world."...
Her hobbies are dance, working out, yoga, art, cooking, volunteering and she loves to travel.
Holly has competed in 3 US games and 3 worlds and won a total of 18 medals so far.
"Scars are beautiful, they represent a journey you have fought through and won."

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28th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Daymon Johnstone
Kidney Transplant 1996
"Embrace life and grasp every opportunity with both hands you never know what life will throw at you"
Daymon enjoys doing a bit of sport mainly squash where he is a qualified level 1 coach and working towards level 2.
Amy Mellors is in the photo with Daymon, and she also had a Kidney transplant in 2001. They have known each other for around 15years, and been together nearly a year.

Daymon

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26th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Rachel Alice Hooley
Heart Transplant 2012 aged 7 (due to a virus)
"Always look at life through a half FULL glass." ...
Rachel likes swimming, running and is part of the Skyline cheerleading squad. She also likes playing with her Monster High Dolls.
Rachel is a happy child who likes to live in her happy bubble.
She loves attending the British Transplant Games.

Rachel Hooley

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24th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
James Alistair Baxter
Heart and Double Lung Transplant 2001
"You have to be prepared to fight for what you want. To make the fight worthwhile, you have to have a why! If your 'why' is strong enough, you'll win the fight every time. Use your 'why'!"...
James Hobbies are Classic Cars / Fine Food / Cinema - if all in the same night he is a happy chappy!
" I'm a living donor as I donated my heart to Peter Allison as part of a 'domino' procedure. I've competed in every UK TX games since the year of my operation."

James Baxter

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21st March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Emma Roberts
Heart Transplant 2008 (aged 12)
"My transplant is a gift every day, because without it I wouldn't see today"...
Emma enjoys seeing friends and using computers.
"One day I would love to be a radiographer"

Emma Roberts

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19th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Joe Dickie Matthews
Heart Transplant 2006
"If it wasn't for the organ I received back in 2006, I wouldn't be here now."
Joe enjoys Rugby, Cycling, Surfing, CrossFit, and Mountainbiking to name a few.
"Life is for living and I made a promise to my donors family that I would make the most out of the second chance I was kindly given and that their loved one would get a good life out of myself."

Joe Dickie Matthews

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17th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Connor Shaw
Heart Transplant 2003 (when he was just 3years old)
"Without my transplant I most definitely wouldn't be here & I am grateful to my donor family for that"
He loves watching WWE wrestling & ManC FC

Connor Shaw

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13th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
John Reuben
Heart & Lung Transplant 2000
"If it wasn't for my transplant I'd never have been introduced to the love of my life - marmite sausages"
John enjoys playing darts and going to concerts.

John Reuben

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11th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Eloise Mae Allen
Heart Transplant 2002
"Always be Yourself unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman!"
She is 13 and goes to school , she likes IT, Drama and History. She doesn't like French. She also likes roller skating, swimming, watching Dr Who and Torchwood and loves DC Superheroes, her favourite is Batman.

Eloise Allen

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7th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Jade Licence
"With every step there is hope"
Jade had a Heart Transplant 1996
She likes music, swimming, the computer and making people laugh.

Jade Licence

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5th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Bernice Rae Perry
'The best gift in life is a second chance'
Bernice had a Double Lung Transplant 2013
Her hobbies are going to the gym, cooking & catching up on telly

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3rd March 2014
Recipient of the Day.
Neil Capener.
"Transplant has given me the chance to live and be there for those that need me."
Neil had a Double Lung Transplant 2012 due to Cystic Fibrosis.
He enjoys playing golf and is a very keen fish keeper.

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8th May 2014
Recipient of the Day
Kath Graham
Heart & Double Lung Transplant 2014
'God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.'
I enjoy reading, gardening, walking, travelling, writing and blogging and I love getting out and about in the fresh air and visiting new places. ...
My camera comes with me everywhere too as I'm an avid amateur photographer!

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6th May 2014
Recipient of the Day
David Winter
Heart Transplant 1991
I received my heart transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX on August 3, 1991 after being on the list for 2 weeks because my health had deteriorated rapidly. My donor was a 19 year old male and I thank his family for their thoughtful donation every day. Their decision has allowed me an additional 22 years to see my youngest daughter married, and see 4 of our 6 grandchildren born. We have ...had the pleasure of attending the Harefield Hamsters annual meetings on two occasions, and appreciate all they do to encourage donation.
I believe "Every day on the green side of the grass is a blessing"
We still volunteer with pre and post transplant patients at Baylor and I enjoy family, friends, travel and golf.

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2nd May 2014
Recipient of the Day
Alice Razza
Liver Transplant 2013
"Thanks to her young Donor she is here today."
Alice loves cycling and has just come back from cycling with Diana Higman from the GB transplant cycling team. Alice also managed skiing with Kings hospital back in March less than 6 months after her transplant.
Alice was aged 12 when she received her liver transplant on august 21st 2013 after suffering with a rare form of liver cancer, she had chemotherapy and an attempted removal before being put forward for transplant.

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30th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Séamus Conroy
Heart Transplant 2007
"None of this would happen if it wasn't for the special people out there that think of others that are in need could we can never thank them enough."...
Seamus loves animals, swimming, he also like many boys likes football even with his little brother.
"Séamus was born on the 24/06/2004 with hypo plastic left heart syndrome, when we were told he had 6 months to live and he was going to be on the waiting list for a heart. I never thought the day would come.
The day came due to a very brave girl from Ireland who had lost her fight for her life and her family kept the machines going to save my son and maybe others also! We could never repay such a gift but certainly we are living not just for Séamus but for Maddie the little girl.
This gift has given us more years together.
So we make sure each year is filled with lots of fun filled excitement and we live everyday as it comes with big smiles and lots of laughter.

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28th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Zoe Buchanan
Kidney Transplant 2010
""Everyday is a gift that's why it's called the present.."
Zoe enjoys playing badminton and table tennis and has won gold in both sports in World transplant games and British transplant games.
" As everyone on here knows your health can be taken away from you before you even know it's disappearing! But now we have it back we need to make the most of it by honouring our donors and living life as full as we can"

The photo is of Zoe and her Donor

Thank you Zoe for sharing your story, we are still looking for more people to share theirs, so please email me if you would like to take part.

john@ttab.co.uk

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23rd April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Rob Longrigg
Double Lung Transplant 2003
"I have realised dreams that I never imagined possible, getting married and seeing my daughter grow up."...
Rob enjoys playing with Freya, she is 3 and a beautiful little girl and spending time with family. He likes to keep fit and loves his job.
"None of this would have been possible without the kindness of a total stranger and their family.
My daily motto "Live the dream & smile everyday" "

Rob

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17th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Sofia Allarakha-bapushah
Heart Transplant 2009
She enjoys dancing and swimming. And she loves music.
Sofia has attended and competed in the transplant Games 2010 in Bath , Belfast & Medway.
Here's a quote from Sofia's Transplant Story written by her mum.
" At 8am the phone rang. I shot out of bed and when I heard the nurse’s voice my stomach turned. I was waiting for some awful news. I couldn’t believe it. She was telling me a donor had been offered and that they had been working on sorting paperwork out etc all night and that the surgeon was on his way there to collect the Heart.
My heart skipped a beat and then I got a sickening feeling. Someone had lost their precious child. How could this happen, it felt so wrong. I so wanted for Sofia to have a new Heart but the consequences of it seemed so hard. I cried tears of joy and tears of sadness. Such a mixed emotion which is so hard to explain."

You can read the complete story by following this
"LINK

Sofia

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14th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Donna Richardson
Heart Transplant 2002
"I'm getting married next year to a wonderful person if it wasn't for my donor I would never of met him."...
Donna likes going swimming, walking and spending time with her 3 nieces.
"I have done so much since my transplant, passed my driving test, brought a flat, also been on many foreign holidays, I am loving life.

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10th Apri 2014
Recipient of the Day
Andrew Jackson
Heart Transplant 1989
"Live every day, don't ponder on tomorrow too much."...
Andrew enjoys football, riding his bike and generally just cherishes being well.
Andrew was born with a very complex heart condition, and was one of those very blue children we see too often... 2 days before his 11th Birthday Andrew had a heart Transplant at The Freeman Newcastle, this was actually a Domino Transplant, his heart came from Penny Taylor of Bolton, Penny had cystic fibrosis and needed new heart and lungs, sadly we lost Penny 2 years later, but we will never forget her.


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8th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Jimmy Alanis
Liver Transplant 2012
"Be an organ donor, heaven knows we need then here. You can't take them with you."
Hobbies are oil painting and getting back into golf, maybe softball too....
"I was admitted to hospital for what I thought was Parencentices. I don't remember much only to kinda wake up to a nurse telling me that I had a liver transplant. My sister told me later when I could finally understand that the Doctors told her that if they didn't find a liver that night that I would not survive the night. I just have to believe that it was a miracle that one was found within hours."
Donor
"There was this person who never met me, never knew me, and would of course never know that by a single act in this person's last moment in life would become my hero.
This person was an organ donor and I am a liver transplant survivor.
I thank GOD every morning I wake for the privilege to see another beautiful day.
Be a hero, Be a donor.."

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4th April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Louise Hooman-Cox
Heart Transplant 2010
"Thanks to my lovely donor who sadly pass away, but who was registered as an Organ Donor. That persons loved ones said yes for their loved ones organs to go to people who were waiting for a new organ."...
Louise enjoys taking her black lab for walks and likes pop music.
"I had my transplant because when I was 10 I had cancer in my left leg, chemo made the left side of my heart bigger than the right side."

Louise

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2nd April 2014
Recipient of the Day
Brian Unwin
Heart Transplant 1988
" Live life to the full, you may not get another chance."...
Hobbies included fishing, football and cycling. He eecently did a tandem free fall skydive for charity and to promote the success of the Organ Donor Register.
Brian is Harefield Hospital Transplant Team Sports Manager and Harefield Transplant Club (The Hamsters) Chairman.

Brian Unwin

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31 March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Justine Laymond
Double Lung Transplant 2006
"Always Smiling and Always Will....
Living life thanks to my donor from transplant games ,sailing, obstacle race events, running and much more. Each year setting myself a new challenge to achieve whilst raising awareness for LAM disease and Organ Donation."

Justine

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27th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Robert Emery
Double Lung Transplant 2003
"Enjoy life & stay as healthy as you can!"...
Robert likes fishing and going to work
" Having my transplant was one of the best things to happen to me apart from starting a family with my partner Katie"

Robert Emery

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25th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Karina Thompson
Liver Transplant 2011
"I am strong because I've known my weaknesses, I'm alive because I'm a fighter, I am wise because I've been foolish, I laugh because I've known sadness."...
Karina enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and socialising.
"I'm currently in hospital waiting for a second liver transplant."

Karina

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20th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Jeff Jeggett
Double Lung Transplant 1993 - The 12th in Australia
"Transplant has given me the greatest gifts ever, my wife and my beautiful daughter. I'm so lucky to be living this life."...
Jeff's hobby is to marry people. "I am a Wedding Celebrant part time and the thrill of joining two people in love, is amazing."

Jeff Leggett

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18th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Jill Edwards
Heart Transplant 1990
"I consider myself privileged to have had all these extra years of life and cannot thank my donor enough."...
Jill enjoys swimming, playing table tennis and she walks a lot.
"I have taken part in many transplant games all over the world in an effort to spread the word of the acute shortage of organ donation."

Jill Edwards

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14th March 2014
Recipeint of the Day
Mark Naughton
Heart Transplant 2009 - Kidney Transplant 2012
His hobbies are rock music and going to music festivals, he loves his family and cat Sebastian a Maine Coon.
Today he celebrates having his new kidney for two years, which was donated by a family member.

Mark Naughton

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12th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Diana Higman

Liver Transplant 2008
"Given me the chance to see my 3 daughters grow into beautiful women and not leaving them as orphans "
Diana's hobby is cycling, she has represented GB in the World Transplant Games.

Diana Higman

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10th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Bob Pitcock
Heart Transplant 1991
"One thing for sure, I have learned to smell the roses along the way and to be very thankful for my extended life."
Bob enjoys sketching, singing and playing his guitar, and chatting to his many friends all over the world via the internet....
" Sometimes, I really feel "Love" pouring out of every pore of my skin. I feel as though, someone stood back and poured a bucket of sweet honey all over me, by golly. It's such a great feeling! I do at times, think about my heart donor and his family. I really thank God for their compassion."

Bob Pitcock

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6th March 2014
Recipient of the Day
Steve Deakin
"Live life to the full, love life and live every day as it was your last"
Steve has had Kidney Transplants in 1984 & 1990
He enjoys Swimming, playing squash and spending time with his family.
I met Steve in San Francisco where he was about to escape from Alcatraz

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