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Nykia Julian

Organ & Tissue, Recipient

In 2018, Nykia Julian’s heart was beginning to fail.

“I was really sick. I was at work and couldn’t breathe,” she said. “I couldn’t sleep. I just kept feeling my heart stop.”

She was struggling to maintain a normal life and could not walk up stairs without getting winded. Eventually, doctors told her she would not have much longer to live without a new heart.

Thanks to Dylan St. George, Nykia was given a second shot at life.

Dylan’s mother, Racheal Taylor, said her son had a huge heart and that when he loved, he loved hard. At 24 , Dylan died unexpectedly. Racheal and her family were devastated by his passing but there was light at the end of the tunnel.

Dylan was registered as an organ donor. Five of his organs were donated to people who needed them, including Nykia, who was able to receive her heart transplant. Since, her life has completely changed.

“I’m able to do a lot that I wasn’t able to do before. I’m able to travel, walk upstairs and walk further,” Nykia said.

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Thomas Failing, HLA Platelet Donor

Thomas Failing

In the last year, Tom has donated HLA matched platelets 15 times to benefit Kathy, whose body cannot make enough platelets.

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Marqus Valentine

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Jackie Kold

Jackie Kold

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