In honor of our dad, Randy Pierce, we would like to show our gratitude for LifeCenter Northwest and ask you to consider a donation to help spread awareness of what an incredible gift organ donation is. LifeCenter played such an important role and supported us during our time of great need, and we are incredibly grateful for this. Despite the incredible pain we were experiencing, LifeCenter was able to provide little pieces of light and hope along our difficult journey.
Organ donation has been near and dear to our hearts ever since our late cousin, Brandin Johns, suffered from congenital heart defects and died of heart failure at age 25. He was only supposed to live until the age of 10 and was on the waitlist for a heart transplant most of his life.
We understand the emotions of waiting for a match for Brandin, and we now know how much joy and new life a recipient and their family can be blessed with when a match is found. The hospital communicated to us the details of our dad’s organs’ recipients, and it brought us a sense of peace knowing that our dad would still be giving life to others. Because of a decision our dad had made, he was able to give new life by donating his kidneys, bone, skin, and soft tissue. His right kidney was transplanted into a man in his sixties who looks forward to being healthy and active again soon, without needing dialysis. He is so thankful for our dad’s decision to donate. Our dad’s left kidney went to a woman also in her sixties. We are told she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is thankful for the additional time she will now have with these loved ones.
There are roughly 110,000 people currently on the waitlist for a life-saving transplant, and every 10 minutes someone is added to that list. One in every 20 Americans will need some type of tissue transplant in their lifetime, and it is estimated that 20 people die each day waiting.
From the moment we stepped into the hospital, LifeCenter Northwest held our hands and walked us step-by-step through the process. In our darkest of times, they prayed with us, made sure we were fed, and provided us with sentimental keepsakes. They were also available to us 24 hours a day, all while searching for matches for our dad’s organs. We are forever grateful to them for the impact they made in the most difficult time of our life. We are in awe of how many lives they fight to save day in and day out.
A quote by John Wooden that LifeCenter shares during the process is “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” We hope that you’ll consider a donation to LifeCenter in remembrance of our dad and also prayerfully consider becoming an organ donor yourself.