When do you first think about being an organ donor? When you get your driver’s license? Most people don’t think about it until they are asking when signing their driver’s license.
Where do the organs for children come from? You can’t take an adult heart or kidney and put it into a child. We know because Bronco Reese was born in 2006 with four congenital heart defects which resulted in need of a heart transplant which he received in April of 2015.
Pediatric organ transplant recipients face many challenges for the young patients and their families. Our mission is to raise the awareness of pediatric organ donation and to improve the journey for pediatric transplant patients and their families. Scott, Joanna, and Bronco formed Bronco’s Benevolent Foundation in 2013. Our work involves discovering the individual financial needs of each family, ranging from travel and food expenses, to paying for devastating funeral costs. We host benefit motorcycle rides, fundraising parties, gather food and other donations for the families, and visit patients awaiting organ transplants to encourage them during their challenging transplant experience. The foundation has assisted in kitchen construction on the Cardiac Step Down Unit at Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta’s Egleston campus. We currently have a gas card program benefiting all transplant patients to help cover their travel costs during long term stays and aftercare. We have also recently started a food pantry program on the Kidney/Liver Transplant Floor that provides sodas, candy bars, cookies, and other snacks for the families to make their stay a little brighter. Anything we can do to lighten the load and bring awareness to the cause is what we are dedicated to do.