For My Father

Happy Father’s Day to my dad, Rick Stivers, who received his heart transplant in 2006 and is now in the top 10% of heart transplant successes based on the number of years he has survived.

Dad, I’ll never regret the sacrifices I made to care for you full-time when you were ill and needed me. I’m grateful every day that, in the years since your transplant, you’ve gotten to see me get my master’s degree in Public Policy from one of the top schools in the nation…got to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day…and not only got to meet your grandson, but have gotten to take him for many glorious tractor rides.

I love you, Dad. And in your honor, I’m encouraging everyone to sign up to be an organ donor through Gift of Life Michigan:


Your Daughter,