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"I remember wondering what was going to happen to my kids.”

Heather Arocha, Liver Transplant Recipient, 2009

In December of 2009, Heather was the sickest person on the liver waiting list. “I was really sick. I remember wondering what was going to happen to my kids.” A single mom of two boys, Heather worried about not getting a transplant in time. Her youngest son, Elijah, wrote a letter to Santa. He said he didn’t want toys that year; he just wanted his mom to get a liver. Elijah’s wish came true, and Heather received a life-saving liver transplant. She was home in time for Christmas. The transplant changed her life in more ways than one: it inspired her to go back to school and become a nurse. She passed her nursing boards and became an LVN in October, 2011. “I just want to be able to give back.”