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Miracles need donors

Family and friends of the Krysiaks understand the impact organ donation can have. As she is waiting for her daughter’s second heart transplant, Heather Krysiak is preparing to thank an anonymous family for her own gift of life.

“How do you say ‘Thank you for giving me a second chance at life’ when they had to lose somebody?” asked Krysiak, who received a heart transplant in August.

“Unfortunately, we’re waiting for someone to have a tragedy so we can have a miracle,” said longtime family friend Stephanie Evans.

Organ donation saves lives. According to the U.S. Department of Health, 120,986 people are waiting for an organ and 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ. A single organ donor can save up to eight lives.

Just checking the box on the back of your driver’s license doesn’t guarantee your organs will be donated. Krysiak said to ensure your organs are given to those in need, people need to sign up through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website under donor registry. More information is also available at