Donor Families Australia celebrates our Members' and Associate Members' stories:

  1. Donor Heroes that have given the Gift of Life

  2. Contact Stories celebrating the joy of direct contact between Donor Families and Recipients, and 

  3. Recipient Stories celebrating the joy of newfound life.

If you you have a story to share, please submit yours to us.

Our Stories are listed in three formats:

  1.  Our Resent Posts - all Stories listed by date order,

  2. Archive - all Stories month/Year they were posted,

  3. Tags - all Stories listed by Categories in date order.


May 29, 2020

On the 8th of December 2018 Noah had a tragic accident where he fell 3 stories, he was treated at the scene placed in an induced coma and taken to hospital. Noah underwent 2 brain surgeries and had extensive brain damage. He remained in a coma for 3 months then transit...

March 29, 2019

Today is a very sad day for BMX.  Dirt Master, Dane Searls has past away.   At the weekend Dane went into a coma due to an accident at a nightclub.  Even though he was fighting to survive, Dane unfortunately didn’t make it through.   Dane is known for pushing the limit...

March 1, 2019

Celebrating our donor son Ben and David his recipient

The following letter was received from my son’s kidney recipient:

"Firstly I need to say how much I regret not being able to, either, refer to you directly or meet with you to express my true feelings. 

"Perhaps I coul...

February 26, 2019

I first contacted my donor family, anonymously through the hospital as you had to in those days, at five months post-transplant. My feeling then, and 29 years later still is, that as they had made the ultimate gift to an unknown person in a time of enormous grief, the...

January 6, 2019

My partner was just 43 years old when a brain aneurysm took him from me. He was able to give the gift of a new life to 4 people. Even before he passed my Dennis was my hero. The photo I chose to share is how I’ll always remember him my cheeky loving larrikin

December 29, 2018

Our beautiful husband and father of four, Neill Openshaw, died on 1st January 2014 following a cerebral aneurysm.   He was 49 years of age with the world at his feet.  Neill was an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a thriving practice in Bunbury, located in the south-west of We...

December 29, 2018

Our beautiful Sofia lost her battle with CHD and 22q11 on the 28th April 2018 after her 4th open heart surgery.  Sofia was 3 years old.  Sofia donated her liver and kidneys.  We have found her liver recipient but not her kidney recipient.

Sofia endured more i...

March 10, 2018

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my daughter’s story.

Sally McCanna was born in Griffith on the 3rd December 1984, she was our first born and her brother Steven was born in 1988.

Sally, even as a little girl was a vibrant & outgoing personality.  She atte...

March 10, 2018

To understand my sister Jennet’s organ donation story, you need to go back to the very beginning. She lived with a rare metabolic disorder, Erythropoietic Protoporphyria, which in simple terms meant that her body reacted to ultra-violet light, causing her to burn.   Ho...

March 8, 2018

Parents should never experience having to bury their child as my wife Jackie and I were sadly faced with in early 2013. It has been over three years now and the journey has been hard, you can never really quite fill the void you experience with the loss of a child.


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