TAMPA, FL – (June 19, 2015) – This Father’s Day, Tom and Stephanie Dye are eternally grateful. This father, daughter duo share zany personalities, devotion to family and they both thank organ donors for saving their lives.
Tom went from health to heart failure seemingly overnight. It turned out Tom was born with a condition which left him predisposed to heart problems and he would need a heart transplant to survive. Tom received his gift of life in 2004. Only a few years later, Tom’s teenaged daughter, Stephanie, was diagnosed with the same heart condition as Tom and would also eventually require a lifesaving heart transplant to survive. Stephanie received her new heart while still a high school student and has thrived ever since, thanks to the generosity of an organ donor. Today, both Stephanie and Tom have resumed back to relatively normal lifestyles; Tom, back to working full time and Stephanie is now enjoying life as a college student and loves singing in her church’s praise band. The entire Dye family is eternally grateful to the two heroic organ donors who saved this father/daughter duo’s lives and in a way of giving back, they volunteer with LifeLink and help to spread the Donate Life message throughout their local community.
Father’s Day is a particularly special time for Tom, “I am eternally grateful to my donor for saving my life and allowing me to watch my children grow up.” And vice versa, Stephanie is thankful to have received the Gift of Life thanks to her organ donor and have the opportunity to celebrate another Father’s day with her dad.
One organ donor has a significant impact; a single organ and tissue donor can touch the lives of up to 60 people. Nationally, organ donation provides the gift of life to more than 25,000 each year through heart, kidney, lung, liver, pancreas or intestine transplants, and hundreds of thousands more are helped through life-enhancing tissue transplants. Because of the generosity of organ donors, thousands of people are able to spend more time with family and friends.
Everyone should consider themselves a potential donor, able to help others through the gifts of organs and tissues - regardless of age, past medical history, religion and/or burial preferences. All major religions support donation as an act of charity. Donation does not interfere with the ability for one to have an open casket funeral. One can never be too old or too young to give the Gift of Life through organ donation either. Register as a donor today online at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org or while renewing your driver license or ID card at your local driver license office.
For more information about donation, contact LifeLink Public Affairs at (800) 262-5775 or via email to [email protected]