“I believe in the sun even if it isn’t shining. I believe in love even when I’m alone. I believe in God even when life is silent.”
– Lori Wandschneider
Mother of Ali (liver transplant recipient)
When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
– Adrianne Machina
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And Today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”
Put one foot in front of the other and soon you’ll be walking out the door!
When my daughter Kaitlin was about 8, her softball team was competing in their year-end tournament. Her team was down 0-6 in the last inning. They finally got in a couple of runs, making it 2-6. Bases were loaded. Kaitlin was up to bat. Her miracle hit got her to first base. Her coach told her to stop, but she didn’t want to. She ran to second. They overthrew the base. Made it to third. Then stole home. Her play tied the game and they won in overtime. She was SO proud of her home run!
– Adrianne Machina
Tornado Marketing, Inc.
My family, like so many others, has been touched by a very emotional transplant experience. In a time of great loss for us, we found strength and comfort in knowing that we were able to provide the gift of life to other families in need of a miracle. Memories of those that have been lost live on in great causes like Restoring Hope Transplant House. Thanks for Restoring Hope!
– Bret Bielema
The Four Candles burned slowly. Their Ambiance was so soft you could hear them speak. The first candle said, I Am Peace, but these days, nobody wants to keep me lit. Then Peace flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely. The second candle says, I Am Faith, but these days, I am no longer indispensable. Then Faiths flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely. Sadly the third candle spoke, I Am Love and I haven’t the strength to stay lit any longer. People put me aside and don’t understand my importance. They even forget to love those who are nearest to them. And waiting no longer, Love goes out completely. Suddenly a child enters the room and sees the three candles no longer burning. The child begins to cry, Why are you not burning? You are supposed to stay lit until the end. Then the Fourth Candle spoke gently to the little boy, Don’t be afraid, for I Am Hope, and while I still burn, we can re-light the other candles. With shining eyes the child took the Candle of Hope and lit the other three candles. Never let the Flame of Hope go out of your life. With Hope, no matter how bad things look and are Peace, Faith and Love can Shine Brightly in our lives.
Tinder / Match up girl
I survived cardiac arrest (no not a heart attack)! After being brought out of an induced coma I struggled with trying to remember … and wondered if it was always going to be this difficult. I seem, people tell me so, now to be the same as I ever was. I know I was lucky and have learned certain that every moment is a treasure. I am thankful for my family and search for ways to make a personal difference in other people’s lives
– William A Gates
On a Friday evening when most people are thinking fish fry or finally the weekend, I received a call from doctor. She said you better sit down as I have some hard news for you. There is a vein mass in your brain and you need to have brain surgery. Horrific news to a wife and mother of 4. Would I live, would I walk, would be wheel chair bound, would I think and talk in a way that I could now. So much fear, so much fright, so much to live for. I wanted to live to see the future with my family. Meeting Dr. Dempsey who would do my surgery prepared me for the best it could be. His humbleness and confidence would lead me to a path of determination, HOPE, desire and more than that to face death right in the face and say, not my choice but if it is to be, I am such a blessed person. Kissing my family before surgery was a very tough thing for me. But waking up and see 5 amazing familiar faces at the end of my bed was the beginning of a will to walk again, speech therapy, not having seizures, struggling with numbers, delays in thinking, fear to drive, and finding my confidence. The prayers of family and friends and their love and encouragement gave me strength, courage, hope, and the ability to do better than I could have ever expected. It taught me to appreciate family, the medical teams we have right here in Madison, friends and colleagues and the faith that whatever will come it is well with my soul.
– Cindy Herbst
Exec Dir/Co Founder of Restoring Hope Transplant House