Illinois Donor Diaries – Chapter 34 – I Am An Organ Donor Because of My Soul Mate

Julie shares the latest chapter from our Illinois Donor Diaries about her late husband, who was a transplant recipient.

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Julie and Chad

I was blessed to have met and spent three years with  my soul mate, Chad. Six months of that time we were married and enjoyed each others’ lives because of organ donation!

In 1996 Chad received a double-lung transplant due to complications from his cystic fibrosis.  If it hadn’t been for his donor’s family, Chad & I would have never met.  That donor and his family gave Chad a second chance at life and for that I am very grateful!

Ten years later, in 2006, Chad was in need of a kidney transplant and his sister was a match.  She selflessly gave one of her kidneys to Chad.  Six months later, Chad & I were married.  It was the most beautiful and memorable day of my life – and all thanks to organ donation.

Sadly, Chad was diagnosed with cancer shortly after our wedding and passed away six months later. Even before I met Chad, I was certain of the benefits of organ donation and had discussed with my family many times my desire to be an organ donor.  Knowing all the wonderful memories I have of Chad and that the time we spent together was possible because of organ donation motivates me to encourage others to register as donors as well.

-Julie H.
Quincy, IL

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