In Recognition of Holly Schlesser of Streamwood, Illinoisby Representative Tammy Duckworth
Posted on 2015-02-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Ms. DUCKWORTH. Mr. Speaker, I want to take a moment to recognize one
of my constituents, Holly Schlesser, and her selfless act for a child
in need. This past fall Holly donated a piece of her liver to a
friend's 8 month old baby, Madison Casey. Holly and Madison's mom,
Tanya, are the wives of firefighters in Streamwood, Illinois. Service
and sacrifice is a part of their daily lives. Madison was born with a
rare genetic disorder that led to liver failure. Thanks to Holly
Schlesser's selfless gift she now has real hope of growing up healthy
and strong alongside her twin brother. The Schlesser and Casey families
show us the importance of living through our actions.
Their story is also an important reminder about the incredible difference that organ and tissue donors can make. There is a large and heartbreaking gap between the supply and demand for lifesaving organs and tissue. Each day an average of 18 people in the United States in need of transplants die waiting. And without angels like Holly Schlesser, every 10 minutes a new person joins the national transplant waitlist.
In my home state of Illinois, Gift of Hope, which is part of the national organ and tissue donation system, is working hard to address this challenge by educating the public about the need for donors. They're making progress and experienced their second record-setting year in a row in 2014, helping make 1,024 lifesaving donations happen through the generosity of 336 organ donors and 1,912 tissue donors. I applaud the more than 5 million Illinoisans who have decided to become organ [[Page E197]] and tissue donors and encourage other Americans to follow the example set by my neighbors.