Stories of Hope

Melissa was able to dance and choreograph the Donate Life Flash Mob for LifeShare Of The Carolinas thanks to a life-enhancing tissue donation that helped her heal from a devastating knee injury. Watch Melisssa dance and read her story to inspire you and your friends to register today as organ, eye and tissue donors.

I have many reasons to be thankful to share my story as part of the national campaign to increase awareness of the need for organ donation.

Carey, a 21-year-old college student, was shot and killed by a mentally ill student. Carey’s sister knew that he had indicated his desire to be a donor on his driver’s license. His family decided to honor Carey’s wish.

Every summer, I spent time with my family in Florida on the beach. I had always worn glasses, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I discovered how poor my vision had become.

Does this face look familiar? Kara Thio’s photograph appears on many donation materials here in North Carolina, including those available at the DMV. Kara was born without a bile duct.

No one ever thinks about organ donation or becoming involved with organ donation until it directly affects you, a family member, or a friend.  When I first went to the DMV in 1997 at the young age of 16, a DMV employee asked me if I want

Courtney Potter and the UNC Health Care News Team made this inspirational video to feature the incredible story of Delores Benton Evans, kidney recipient and donor mother. Delores struggled with kidney disease for over 30 years.

When Larry went to the doctor with a nosebleed, he was shocked to learn that he was very sick and needed a kidney transplant to survive. After four years on dialysis, his liver also began to fail.

Bobby Height, Sr. and his wife, Brenda, serve as volunteers with LifeShare Of The Carolinas and Donate Life North Carolina DMV Ambassadors.

My amazing sister, May, had a heart on her driver’s license thanks to a DMV Examiner.


Be inspired by recipients who have overcome the odds and the donors and donor families whose legacy lives on them.