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Meet Lisa Stocks of Lifesharing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Stocks.

Lisa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was in my 20’s, one of my family members was killed in a plane crash. He was flown to the hospital where I was working as a transplant nurse — I watched the air ambulance land on the roof, not realizing who was inside.

When the Coroner delivered the devastating news, I asked if organ donation was a possibility. Sadly, the answer I got that day was “no” — there was concern his injuries were too severe. But that horrible day only intensified my drive to give others the opportunity that I myself was denied: Having a loved one live on through the miracle of organ and tissue donation. My journey led me to Lifesharing, where I started as an Organ Procurement Coordinator. In that role, I reached out to families and offered them the chance to donate their loved one’s organs or tissue.

Then, I’d work the phones tirelessly — calling hospitals all over the country — as I worked my way down the waiting list in search of the recipient who’d be the “perfect match” for each organ. In 2003, I became Executive Director of Lifesharing, which is now ranked consistently in the top tier of organ donation organizations in the U.S. I’m also a Board Member of UNOS, the United Network for Organ Sharing, and a founding member of Donate Life California — home to the largest donor registry in the world. I’m a registered nurse with more than 30 years of healthcare experience. On a personal note, I’m happily married with 3 children. My son was recently commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force.

Has it been a smooth road?
The challenge for me and my colleagues has always been the severe organ shortage in San Diego and the rest of the country. There are more than 100,000 people on the transplant list in the U.S. right now. But organ donation is a rare occurrence because when most people die, their organs can’t be saved. Typically, less than 1% of the population is able to donate their organs.

We have about 100 organ donors a year in San Diego and Imperial Counties — yet there are more than 2,000 people on the local waiting list. Adding to the challenge — many people have not registered as an organ donor, leaving their family to make the decision. We urge everyone to sign up at the DMV or at our website: www.lifesharing.org.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lifesharing – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Lifesharing coordinates all the organ and tissue donation in San Diego and Imperial Counties. If you’ve registered as an organ or tissue donor at the DMV, Lifesharing is the group that will carry out your final wishes. Our nurses utilize the entire U.S. waiting list, ensuring the best match for each organ. And if your organs cannot be saved, we’ll see if tissue donation is an option. One donor can help up to 75 people through the gift of eye, bone, skin and other tissue.

Donation is not just healing for the recipients — it’s comforting for donor families as well. Many consider it to be the “light” at the end of a very dark tunnel. It’s been our great privilege to walk with these families in their time of need. With their help, we’ve been saving lives for more than 45 years.

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