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We Are Sharing Hope SC sent SC families to the 2022 Transplant Games of America

The annual Transplant Games of America was held in in the beginning of August, and Susan and Ben Morgan honored their son in a full circle trip back to their hometown of San Diego. The couple lost their son, Rudy in 2021, when he became a donor hero, donating his…...

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We Had More Donors in 2021 Than Any Other Year

Last year, 479 lives were saved and 45,000 people healed by the generosity of South Carolina donors. That’s 221 organ donors and 356 tissues donors. All in all, 831 people in the state gave consent for their loved ones to give the gift of life. It’s all through organ, eye,…...

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Legacy of SC Teen Shines on National Stage at Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA

Donor Hero Keegan Johnson was recently honored at the 2022 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, and reporter Robert Morales with Pasadena Star-News shares Keegan’s family’s stories, memories, and thoughts. The difference one person can make is astounding – because of Keegan’s selflessness, four people’s lives have been saved and members of…...

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Family of SC Donor Hero, Keegan Johnson, Celebrate their Hero Safely Amid the COVID Pandemic

With COVID-19 precautions in place, thousands of football fans attended the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Among the attendees was the family of Donor Hero Keegan Johnson, who were present to honor Keegan’s life and see the Rose Parade float that featured his floragraph. “To see him on that float…...

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We Are Sharing Hope SC and Bridge to Life Unveil SC Donor Hero Floragraph in an Intimate Ceremony

Keegan Johnson is a Donor Hero and on Tuesday November 23rd, his portrait of the 2022 Donate Life Rose Parade Float was unveiled. Keegan died after a battle with bacterial meningitis but was able to donate 5 organs and save 4 lives. His floragraph portrait was created using flowers and…...

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“I Said YES!” Campaign Launches in SC, Bringing Awareness to the Need and Disparities of Donation

Did you know one in two people waiting for an organ transplant in the state of South Carolina is African American? August was National Minority Donor Awareness month and our “I Said YES!” campaign was launched to share powerful facts surround organ donation, debunk popular misconceptions, and inspire others to…...

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SC Organ Donations Hit Record Numbers in 2020 Despite Uncertainties from COVID-19 Pandemic

We Are Sharing Hope SC chief executive officer, David DeStefano, recently discussed the record number of 2020 South Carolina organ donations with Jason Raven of News 2 South Carolina. More than 200 organ donors and their families made the decision to save lives in 2020, with 300 tissue donors helping…...

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BJU Hosts Week-long Organ Donor Campaign

Bob Jones University recently held Donate Life Week, a weeklong campaign to raise awareness for organ donation on campus. We Are Sharing Hope SC education coordinator and BJU graduate Ian Dyke recently sat down with Vicki Olachea of The Collegian to discuss the inspiration behind BJU’s decision to participate in…...

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Mother of Late Teenager, Organ Donor, Honors Son’s Memory

Allison Johnson of Spartanburg, SC, lost her 17-year-old son Keegan to bacterial meningitis in 2020. But Keegan’s decision four months prior to his death to become an organ donor is now being celebrated by his family, organ transplant patients, and We Are Sharing Hope SC.  Matt Kaufax of Fox Carolina spoke…...

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David DeStefano: “Work is hard but rewarding”

We Are Sharing Hope SC chief executive officer David DeStefano recently sat down with Ben Ari of Thrive Global to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the heroes who have stepped up during this global crisis. As part of Ari’s Heroes of COVID Crisis series, DeStefano was tasked with exploring the…...

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