About the Barbara and John Ware Donate Life Award
After retirement from the United States Army, John Ware (pictured above) experienced kidney failure and required a lifesaving kidney transplant. He and his wife, Barbara (at left), already spent their time volunteering for numerous worthy causes but John’s experience as a transplant recipient added another important mission to their lives – organ donation. Together, John and Barbara, who had been registered organ donors years before transplantation impacted their lives directly, encouraged others in their community to register as organ donors because, as John said, “If I had not received my transplant, I would not be here today.” Eight years following John’s kidney transplant, Barbara suffered a stroke and John carried out her decision to become an organ donor. Knowing Barbara gave life to others in the same way he had received provides John with comfort and pride.