fbpx

Donald Burnett

donald-burnett

I received the gift of life on March 16th, 2009. I had spent almost 5 years on hemo-dialysis and have been afflicted by polycystic kidney disease for sometime. During the wait I had complications and even had to have surgery for two of them. For work I am a multimedia and internet designer/developer I had mostly given up on a good outcome for myself when this happened. I am so lucky to be here today. I probably wouldn’t have if not for the wonderful donor and their family that made this decision to save my life. I will always be gratful to the person and their family who made that fateful decision to make a difference and donate their kidney. Life in this state and it’s economy are never easy and somedays it looks not so promising. However I think about the great gift I have been given and know I need to make every day count because of the great gift I have been given. There is just not enough words to say thank you to the donor and family and the organizations and teams that made this all possible for me.. My gratitude for all you have done is permanently etched in my soul. Thank you and much love to everyone.

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Read More Posts
David Rozelle, heart transplant recipient

Transplant Throwback: David Rozelle

Name: David Rozelle Age: 86 Home: Kalamazoo, Michigan Transplant: Heart Why did you need a…

Read More
Ben, Karen and Mallaki Hayes

Mallaki receives the gift of life and a new family

Ben and Karen Hayes knew no one could care for the foster boy like they…

Read More
Patrick Pruitt's eyesight was saved by a cornea donor when he was a young child.

Cornea recipient celebrates his gift of sight

I’m here because 32 years ago I received a life-changing gift. Sight is an easy…

Read More
Terri Finch Hamilton's father was a donor-in-spirit at the end of his life.

My dad is a ‘donor in spirit’

I was sitting in my living room, numb with grief, when the phone rang. My…

Read More
Sherry Johnson, with hair pulled back right, sits on her bed in her hospital room while she waits for a second heart and kidney transplant. Her forearm is facing the camera so we can see her tattoo, representing her original heart and her first transplanted heart.

You gave me your heart so I could live my dreams

Sherry Johnson shares her experiences as a heart transplant patient who waits again Sherry Johnson…

Read More
Taneisha Carswell received a kidney transplant from her cousin. Her young nephew later became a donor.

Staff Spotlight: As a donation educator, Taneisha Carswell knows when to talk and when to listen

Gift of Life staffer’s kidney transplant gives her personal perspective If Taneisha Carswell doesn’t convince…

Read More
Scroll to Top