Why the Dragonfly?
"The Dragonfly symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization - understanding the deeper meaning of life.
The Dragonfly's scurrying fight across water represents an act of going beyond what's on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life."
Click on the video below to learn more about the Dragonfly Transplant Fund.
Deb Brown was added to the list of those in need of a liver transplant. To qualify for the transplant, Deb had to undergo a series of qualifications, including a current tetanus shot, tuberculosis vaccine, dental screenings, and other various medical testing.
After 4 months, Deb was listed as "active" on the list of those waiting for a liver transplant in the United States. Deb's condition worsened as it was affecting her daily life - she couldn't eat, she couldn't sleep, and she struggled with her breathing.
Deb was contacted by the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinic's Transplant Center that there was a liver available to her that matched her needs. With a sense of urgency and long-awaited anticipation, Deb and Ed traveled to Iowa City for the procedure. After the 11-hour surgery, Deb had a new liver.
The Dragonfly Transplant Fund through the University of Iowa Center for Advancement was born in collaboration with Dr. Reed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic's Transplant Center.
Deb Brown passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2020, but her legacy lives on through the Dragonfly Transplant Fund.
After our earliest meetings, I was impressed by Deb and Ed's commitment to improving Deb's health. Today, after Deb's successful recovery, I am impressed by their commitment to the transplant community as a whole through the Dragonfly Transplant Fund. Their philanthropic efforts have already accomplished much in a short time, and the benefits within the community will be lasting.
Dr. Alan E. Gunderson
“Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant. There will always be someone out there that needs what you have to give.”
Deb and Ed Brown are excited to share their story of the organ transplant process with their community.
From handling your diagnosis to finding the right doctor to learning how to live your new life after your transplant, Ed Brown is proud to share an experience that will educate, inform, and entertain you and your personal or professional connections. It is his goal to educate others on the importance of organ donation and to serving patients and their caregivers.
Invite Ed Brown to speak at your next meeting or conference!