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Lexi’s Lifeline: A Story of Hope and Resilience

April 24, 2024 Comments Off on Lexi’s Lifeline: A Story of Hope and Resilience

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…

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A Second Chance: Navigating the Transplant Journey

April 11, 2024 Comments Off on A Second Chance: Navigating the Transplant Journey

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…

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Spotlight: Chelsea Long Memorial Scholarship

April 5, 2024 Comments Off on Spotlight: Chelsea Long Memorial Scholarship

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.…

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Spotlight: Michael Henry Calkins Memorial Scholarship

March 22, 2024 Comments Off on Spotlight: Michael Henry Calkins Memorial Scholarship

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…

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The Celebrate Life Gala

March 19, 2024 Comments Off on The Celebrate Life Gala

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…

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Spotlight: Mallory Smith Legacy Scholarship

February 10, 2024 Comments Off on Spotlight: Mallory Smith Legacy Scholarship

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…

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Academic Scholarship Spotlight: Theresa Lackey Living Donor Scholarship

January 24, 2024 Comments Off on Academic Scholarship Spotlight: Theresa Lackey Living Donor Scholarship

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…

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Triumph on Giving Tuesday

January 17, 2024 Comments Off on Triumph on Giving Tuesday

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)…

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Empowering Change: YPC’s Inaugural Year

January 17, 2024 Comments Off on Empowering Change: YPC’s Inaugural Year

One of the major themes for GTF in 2023 was that anyone, despite their experience or lack thereof in the nonprofit realm, can be a GTF Hero. The creation of…

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Terri Lynn Willis

December 12, 2023 Comments Off on Terri Lynn Willis

Terri Lynne Willis was born with Tyrosinemia, a disease that prevents the body from breaking down tyrosine, an amino acid commonly found in chicken, turkey, fish, milk, cheese, and other…

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