My name is Ruth Proeschel and I am a deputy clerk at the Pendleton Co. Justice Center. Minnalies Proeschel was my mother-in-law. She was one of the most giving individuals I had ever known. She was generous with herself and time for others. As a matter of fact, she was doing her last deed of […]
Gift of Life Stories
My story is still going because I am still on the list waiting for a donation. I know that the donation is coming from a person who is willing to be a donor and to that person I say thank you. I am a kidney dialysis patient. I suffered from a rare kidney disease that I […]
My son Eric Gray says he is not a hero, but to me he is. He didn’t run into a burning building or shield his dad from a bullet, but he did save his life. His father, Floyd has polycystic kidney disease and by 1995 his kidney function had dropped to about 20%. His kidneys […]
My name is Samantha Sloan and this is my story. In 1989 my son was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and at that time his doctor told me this was a congenital heart disease and that I myself and my husband should both be tested. I told him that my mother had just had a series […]
After years of waiting, one McCreary County family finally had an answer to their prayers with an incredible gift. Paige West is a beautiful 17 year old who has suffered from cystic fibrosis since birth. The inherited disease also affects Paige’s old sister and two cousins, although to a lesser extent. She lost an aunt […]
My name is John Mays, a 63 year old son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, that can continue to be part of my loved ones lives today because of organ donation. I am from Morgan County, but now live in Oldham County. I spent over 25 years in the Jefferson County School System’s Information Technology […]
Donna Vance, cousin of Whitley Co. Circuit Court Clerk Gary Barton, received her liver transplant in 2011.
“I had a rare lung disease called P.P.H. I was on the waiting list for 21 months. I had my transplant at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. I was out in an apartment within 17 days. I have done really well. I am a lung recipient for over 18 years.” – Linda Cox Sadly, […]
My daughter, Jessica, was born with Biliary Atresia, a liver disease that affects 1 in 20,000 births. Girls are affected slightly more often than boys, and no ethnic group appears to be more affected than any other. Biliary Atresia is not known to be hereditary. Jessica had a Kasai procedure at just under 7 weeks […]
DeWayne Rapier was a Hancock County Graduate. He had two children, Josh & Leah. He died at age 20, but saved & healed lives through the gift of donation. He was a hero.