remembering our

donor heroes

Matthew Rhodes

Organ and Eye Donor


March 29, 2018

My son was in a tragic accident at the age of 21. He had a heart of gold. He was an amazing young man. He was patient, loving and so compassionate. He selflessly signed up immediately to be an organ donor as soon as his father explained what it meant. My son’s corneas, liver, kidneys and his beautiful heart were donated to those in need. We were lucky enough to hear from his heart recipient and were able to develop a relationship with him and his wonderful wife. They were so grateful to be given a second chance at life. He was a true hero!

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Saying thank you

Many donor families find that corresponding with the transplant recipient or recipients can be a powerful experience. Donor families can take comfort in sharing stories and sending well wishes to those who live on because of their loved one.

Should you choose to connect, we're here to help. Letters and cards can be a tremendous gift to both the donor families and recipients. To protect everyone, we provide guidelines for communication. Names remain confidential unless both parties agree to share those with one another, and we provide a correspondence address. We are happy to share sample letters to help you get started.

For more information about corresponding with recipients, please call us at 505-843-7672.

We can only do it together

#BeTheGift that saves lives!

When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, you leave a lasting legacy and bring hope to those waiting.

To access the National Registry, click here.