GTF Voices Stories from OUR community

At the Georgia Transplant Foundation, we are fortunate to meet a lot of amazing people with incredible stories. We want you to hear some of them. GTF Voices highlights clients, caregivers, and members of the transplant community who we have had the pleasure of working with. We hope these stories inspire you as much as they do us!

Michael Roberts: JumpStarting Career and Confidence

May 23, 2024

Michael Roberts’ life began with a heavy burden, diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and high blood pressure at just two weeks old. But through the love and support of…

Spotlight: Daly “Perfect Match” Scholarship

April 30, 2024

Connie Daly’s life took a tumultuous turn in 2003 with a diagnosis that shattered her world: chronic kidney disease. Through the ensuing years of grueling treatments and medications, her quest…

Lexi’s Lifeline: A Story of Hope and Resilience

April 24, 2024

When Lexi McCullough began feeling unwell, her father, Toby, initially chalked it up to “normal cold stuff.” With a cough in the midst of winter, it seemed like a typical…

A Second Chance: Navigating the Transplant Journey

April 11, 2024

by Tamara Walker When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease at 25, the specter of kidney failure seemed distant. But at 38, it became my reality, and dialysis became…

Spotlight: Chelsea Long Memorial Scholarship

April 5, 2024

Chelsea Long lived her first 9 years in perfect health, with no signs of what she would ultimately face. However, her world changed when an unexpected virus targeted her kidney.…

Spotlight: Michael Henry Calkins Memorial Scholarship

March 22, 2024

Michael Calkins entered the world with a heart condition that demanded immediate attention. Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome on June 28, 1993, his journey began with his first surgery…

The Celebrate Life Gala

March 19, 2024

Months of meticulous planning and tireless dedication culminated in a night of magic at GTF’s 5th annual Celebrate Life Gala. On Saturday, March 9th, the fruits of countless hours of…

Spotlight: Mallory Smith Legacy Scholarship

February 10, 2024

For months leading into her senior year of high school, Mallory Smith did not feel quite right. Doctors struggled to find an answer as to what was plaguing her. Her…

Academic Scholarship Spotlight: Theresa Lackey Living Donor Scholarship

January 24, 2024

At an early age, Karen Sortor was diagnosed with kidney disease and told she would need an organ transplant one day. For much of her life, she soldiered on, but…

Triumph on Giving Tuesday

January 17, 2024

Every year, the world unites for Giving Tuesday, a global movement dedicated to generosity that takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In 2023, the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF)…