Donation means a second chance at LIFE
Two Donor Heroes James A. Worley & Collin Conedy
James Worley & Collin Conedy Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
James Anthony Worley, affectionately known as “Tony” by family and friends was a fun-loving, friendly, kind and generous young man. He was a loving husband and a doting father of a 3-week old baby girl.
September 7, 2008 Tony sustained a serious head injury. The following day on September 8th the family had to make the difficult decision to remove Tony from life support and donate his organs. On September 9th which was Tony’s 32nd birthday, Cliff Conedy received his heart.
Because Tony’s family said YES to organ, eye and tissue donation several lives were saved on that day and many more lives were enhanced from cornea, ligament, tenant and tissue donation.
It’s “Collin’s Hope” that everybody registers to be an Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor. I hope that one day there’ll be a cure for our hereditary heart disease called cardiomyopathy. Collin was a registered Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor, he gave sight to 2 people with cornea donation and enhanced many lives with Tissue donation, which includes bone, ligaments and tendons.
Collin was the youngest of four siblings. He was a fun-loving husband and father to my two beautiful grandchildren ages 7 and 11. Collin lived and loved life to the fullest. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking and camping with his family and friends.
As Collins Father and a 10-year heart transplant recipient survivor, I have experience being a heart recipient, caregiver and Donor Dad. I have lost my Dad, 2 Brothers, Nephew and my beloved Son to this heart disease. It’s my prayer that “Collin’s Hope” is realized in my lifetime so that my Grandson will be able to continue to live a long, healthy and happy life.
Collin’s favorite quote was:
“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life that wants you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who Love You no matter what.”
The costs of transplant procedures vary greatly depending on the hospitals and organ types. These costs start to add up even before the transplant itself. Patients often must rely on several sources to help pay for their medical and non-medical costs of pre- and post-transplantation. This is where The James Worley – Collin Conedy Foundation comes in. Contact us today to make a donation and help transplant recipients in need.
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“I was born into a family with hereditary cardiomyopathy and I lost my father, two brothers, a nephew and my son to the disease. In 1994, I too was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and my heart slowly deteriorated over time. In 2008 I passed out at work and was rushed to the hospital. My heart was functioning at a mere 5% and I was in desperate need of a heart transplant. On September 9, 2008 I was blessed to receive a second chance at life from my hero donor, Tony.
On December 2, 2017 I lost my son, Collin, to cardiomyopathy. Because my son was a registered organ, eye and tissue donor two people were blessed to receive the gift of sight, and many more lives were healed and/or enhanced because Collin said YES to organ donation. As a recipient, caregiver and donor dad I have experienced all aspects of organ donation. But if my story will inspire one person to register to be an Organ, Eye & Tissue donor; then I have done my job to Honor Tony, my Donor Family and my Son.” – Cliff Conedy Read Full Bio…
My name is Arlett Valencia, I live in Las Vegas, Nevada and I’m a kidney recipient 3 years post-transplant. My journey began at the young age of 7, I was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic. I was on insulin to control my blood sugars, even though I had a good childhood with this disease, when it was party time with my school friends, I remember my friends eating cupcakes and sweets.
At age 44 Becky had a double massive heart attack that damaged her heart so significantly she needed a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to keep her alive. After 3 months with her LVAD she was placed on the transplant list and 11 days later she received the gift of life.