Our Liver Tale
In 2015 infant Brodie Tigue, son of Traci and Russ Tigue, was diagnosed with a rare liver disease at four months old. The disease was Biliary Atresia and the only cure was a liver transplant.
On October 19, 2015, his momma, Traci, was able to donate a “sliver of her liver” to save his life. Brodie and Traci are both doing awesome and will reach one-year post transplant mark on October 19, 2016.
During their journey of living organ donation and transplantation, the Tigues were surrounded by a tribe of people. They were empowered with knowledge to ease their fears and build their confidence, they were lifted up through good vibes and prayer, and they were supported by gifts of food, time, tokens and trinkets, and overall amazing philanthropy.
During their journey, they created a Facebook page, Brodie’s Good Vibe Tribe (https://www.facebook.com/brodiesgoodvibetribe) to update everyone on their journey. The page (BGVT) quickly became more than just an informational group. It became the Tigue’s lifeline.
“My husband and I are positive we made it through the hardest times of our life because of this tribe comprised of medical, technology and faith communities that lifted us and carried us and our babies through this time.” Traci Tigue says.
Traci and Russ tossed and turned about how they could “pay it back" to everyone who supported them. They wanted to find a way to show their true gratitude for the support they received.
They chose to “pay it forward” by taking BGVT and turning it into a non-profit to help other families going through similar transplantation struggles.