The founders of the Dragonfly Transplant Fund, Deb and Ed Brown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had a special reason to celebrate on Sunday, April 12th. Not only was it a very special Easter, but they were celebrating their wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Deb & Ed!
Send your well wishes to Deb and Ed by email via the link below.
Due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to POSTPONE the The Dragonfly Transplant Fund's 3rd Annual Golf Outing & Fundraiser to Friday, September 11, 2020 at Blue Top Ridge Golf Course at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa. Ed Brown will be contacting all registrants this week. Your registration will be applied to the newly scheduled date.
Please check back the website for updates or contact the volunteers by phone or email with any questions. Thank you for your continued support and understanding! We look forward to seeing you soon.
The founders of the Dragonfly Transplant Fund, Deb and Ed Brown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, love sharing the story of their experience with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ Transplant Center and the Iowa Donor Network.
In early 2016, Deb was patiently awaiting a liver transplant that she and her family thought may never come. Her liver disease was affecting her everyday life to the point where emergency room trips seemed normal. Her health deteriorated at a rapid pace.
In November 2016, Deb and her family received a call that a liver had become available for Deb to receive. After an 11-hour procedure at the UIHC Transplant Center, Deb had a new liver and a new life to live....and give.
“We have a life together now,” says Ed Brown. “That’s not a gift...that’s more than a gift.”
Deb and her husband, Ed, have ignited passion in others and established the Dragonfly Transplant Fund via a generous gift through the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. This gift is a testament of their appreciation of their doctors, their liver donor, and their donor’s family. The mission of their gift is to enhance the need for organ and tissue donor awareness. They hope with the support of community donors that they will be able to create a lounge in the hospital for caregivers of transplant patients to be together and learn about resources that are available to them and their families as they go through the organ transplant and organ donation process.
“Donation, I don’t think, is [ever] going to go away,” says Ed Brown. “Transplant is never going to go away. Let’s put something there that everybody can feel good about.”
Together with the support of the medical professionals at the UIHC Transplant Center, Deb and Ed are dedicated to serving patients and their caregivers through the Dragonfly Transplant Fund. If you would like to contribute to the Dragonfly Transplant Fund’s vision, please visit http://givetoiowa.org/dragonfly.
Ed and Deb Brown are dedicated to supporting the UIHC Organ Transplant Center through giving. Ed and Deb share their stories, fundraising efforts, and memories here with followers, friends, and family who support the Dragonfly Transplant Fund.