Stories of Hope

Stories of Hope

Jan Jones

At age 8, Jan Jones was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Despite her diagnosis and disease complications, Jan embraced life and did her best to live her life to the fullest. Jan was 37 years old when she was told that her kidneys were failing and that she needed a kidney transplant “yesterday.”

After years of facing every challenge with courage, see how Jan is doing today.

Ryan O’Neal Parker

When Ryan O’Neal Parker, just 21 years old, passed away in a boating accident, his family’s life was changed forever. Each year, Ryan’s memory is honored with a fishing tournament at Lake Tuscaloosa – Hook a Line Save a Life.

The Parker family helps advance awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation by sponsoring this tournament each year. Proceeds are donated to the Legacy of Hope Education Fund. Thank you to the Parker family and the legacy Ryan left for generations to come.

photo of Ryan O'Neil Parker

Daniel Brannon

Smart, energetic and loved God – just a few of the ways Daniel Brannon was described by his family. No parent ever wants to face the death of his or her 21 year-old son.

As the Brannon’s share, however, the car accident that took their son’s life, did not take his ability to save the lives of three people.

Savannah Sides

Sandy and Stephen Sides were registering to be organ donors when their five year-old daughter, Savannah, asked what they were doing. The Sides explained the best they could what organ donation was and Savannah swiftly said to register her as well. Sandy told Savannah not to worry about that, she was momma’s girl and had lots of time. Savannah insisted on becoming an organ donor that day because, as she put it, she wouldn’t need them when she got to Heaven.

Little did anyone know that just 30 days later, that time would come. See the multiple blessings a little girl gave to so many.