“My family members have known the heartache of loss and the bliss of renewed life. Any time I can share information about organ, eye, and tissue donation - I am happy to do so, knowing it could save a life." ~ Patrice
When Patrice Hudson Ball says that she believes in organ, eye, and tissue donation, she means it. With her uncle, Rick Pfenning, being a heart recipient and her aunt, Glenda Usinger, being a tissue donor, organ and tissue donation has always been important to her family. But then, Patrice’s younger sister, Bobbi, learned she would need pancreas and kidney transplants.
Donate Life Northwest is pleased and excited to welcome the newest member of our team, Arcadia Trueheart! Arcadia will serve as the organization’s multicultural and community engagement coordinator, where she will oversee all of our multicultural outreach and work with the team to implement and further develop our living kidney donation initiative.
Arcadia brings a wealth of educational, volunteer, and professional experience to the organization. She is a graduate of Western Washington University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Cultural Communication. During her years of study, Arcadia also spent quite a bit of time in Central and South America, including Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru, honing her Spanish skills and working and volunteering in education and the cultural arts. Arcadia also served as a Spanish literacy instructor, and most recently she had been working as an English teacher for the Portland English Language Academy and as a Spanish/English medical interpreter.
A native Oregonian, Arcadia is excited to get to work for Donate Life Northwest advancing our life-saving mission, and she looks forward to getting to know all of you better as she gets out and about! If you have ideas or experiences you’d like to share or if you have any questions, Arcadia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.