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  • Be a Warrior Not a Worrier

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    Be a Warrior Not a Worrier

    On September 1, 2014, high school senior, Austin McGhee, waved goodbye to his family and drove to work. “He always texted when he got to work, even though it’s only five minutes down the road,” said his mom, Jennifer Roach....

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  • Emily Gilstorff's Miraculous Recovery From Brain Trauma

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    Emily Gilstorff's Miraculous Recovery From Brain Trauma

    In 2014, Emily Gilstorff, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, rolled her ATV during a family trip to Tazewell, suffering a traumatic brain injury. Through hard work and excellent medical care at UT Medical Center and at home in...

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  • Mackenzie Johnson Is Redefining Normal

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    Mackenzie Johnson Is Redefining Normal

    After a spinal cord injury left 19-year old Mackenzie Johnson a paraplegic, instead of asking why, he and his family asked, “What’s next?” In 2016, 19-year old Mackenzie Johnson fell 35 feet from a cabin balcony. He was transported by UT...

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  • Donna Eason Gave the Gift of Life to a Friend From Church

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    Donna Eason Gave the Gift of Life to a Friend From Church

    Donna Eason’s spirituality guided her to become a kidney donor. After attending Alpha, a nondenominational Christian workshop, she began asking herself, “What am I here...

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  • Mary Bell Shared a Kidney and Saved a Doctor's Life

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    Mary Bell Shared a Kidney and Saved a Doctor's Life

    Mary Bell, a retired critical care nurse, saw a news story about a Maryville woman who needed a kidney. As a nurse, she knew that...

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