Taylor Burden and Jordyn Maddox Jordyn Maddox of Delaware has end-stage kidney failure and is currently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Before Jordyn was born, doctors diagnosed her in-utero with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease, a rare and potentially deadly condition that causes low-functioning, cyst-filled kidneys. The doctors did not expect her to make it to birth. Jordyn was very sick when she was born and was not expected to live. “Once she was born, the doctors looked at her and said there was nothing they could do. We were passing her around, saying goodbye to her,” recalled her mother, Taylor Burden.
ORGAN DONOR ADVOCATE—Donated organ recipient Ron Gooden spends his time passionately speaking about being given a second chance at life through organ donation. (Photo Courtesy of CORE) Hampton High School coach Ron Gooden had always been active. He played football through his college career and even some professional. He knew he had a slightly enlarged heart (dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart with thick walls and a large pumping chamber), which doctors told him was no real concern, and a family history of heart disease, but never did he think there was a chance he would be out of the game of life so soon. But within a few years he went from coaching on the sidelines, to being sidelined and lying on his deathbed waiting for “the gift of life.”