At the age of 4, Rose got a heart transplant. At 12, she got another. Since then, she has been a model for how hope can determine a person’s health, including only missing only 4 out of her last 9,000 doses of essential medications over the past 8 years.
How Rose Spreads Her Hope
By volunteering as an advocate for Midwest Transplant Network, which raises money to support organ transplants, and The Gift of Life, which brings her to high schools to share her story and encourage students to discuss organ donation with their families.
Rose’s hope for the future
I want more people to understand that:
- It is way too easy to take your health and wellbeing for granted.
- Right now, 100,000 people are waiting for an organ donation.
- One donor can save the lives of up to eight people and directly improve the lives of up to 50 people through tissue donation.
- It’s really hard to get high enough on the recipient list to actually receive a transplant. But this could easily change if more people chose to donate and talked to their family and friends about doing it, too.
- If you want to donate, you need to inform your family and discuss the issues. In some states, signing the back of your driver’s license isn’t nearly enough.
Rose’s Hope Messages
To transplant recipients: “You can still live a normal life.”
To people considering organ donation (which she hopes includes you):
“Please keep your mind open. The person you end up helping could be a kid like me.”
Rose is studying for her bachelor’s degree in linguistics while also working in the bakery at a popular community co-op near her university. She has been a vegetarian since she was 10 years old and enjoys cooking, walking her dog and, when she’s not flooded with schoolwork, reading modern fiction. She dreams of someday traveling to India and Asia.