Through their selfless generosity, the spirit of tissue donors lives on through people like Molly Blackwood.
Molly is a former nurse who spent her career helping patients in need. All of those years on her feet took a toll on her back. She suffered through excruciating, debilitating pain that prevented her from playing sports, gardening and staying active.
In 2018, Molly underwent a tissue transplant to fuse her spine and allow new bone to grow. Thanks to the transplant, Molly is completely healed and back to living a fulfilling life.
“The transplant is a medical miracle. I thank my tissue donor from the bottom of my heart – and spine,” said Molly.
“I am forever grateful to my tissue donor who helped me regain my quality of life,” said Molly. “Like countless other transplant recipients everywhere, I want donor families to know that their loved ones live on with those that have a second chance at life.”
Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the organ transplant waiting list.
Approximately 113,000 men, women, and children are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. One organ donor has the power to save up to eight lives and change the outcomes of someone’s world forever by giving them a second chance. Additionally, tissue donation can save and improve the lives of up to 75 people with their gifts. You can make a huge impact by registering as an organ and tissue donor.
Learn more about organ and tissue donation, or register as a donor at https://donatelifewisconsin.org.