About Us

  Founders of Save A Life Inc. Rosina Houle

Save-A-Life Inc. was started in 2015 to help educate and inform people about organ donations.
The idea came about because of Rosina’s sister Jessie.   Jessie lived in San Antonio, TX and was in need of a second kidney transplant.
In this process, we found out that many people are not aware of living donors programs and how they can become a living donor. Our story began with Jessie. It continues to grow each day as we work hard to get the message out there that you can save a life.
Rosina’s Story Begins
November 2014 changed my life forever! I told my mom several months earlier I would accompany her to visit my sister in San Antonio, TX. My sister Jessie lost her donated kidney after 17 years this April. For years she has had many setbacks because of her anti-rejection medication Celcep, and she had many close calls with death. Jessie had been in the hospital so many times we began to lose count. To be honest, in the back of my mind I wondered if this would be my last time I would see her alive.
From the time we arrived at the airport, Mom and I experienced a typical day of any airport close to a holiday. Our first leg of the trip was delayed by six long hours. When we finally arrived in Dallas, TX late that evening, we were told we missed our connecting flight to San Antonio and would not be able to leave until morning. By the grace of God, we were on a flight within an hour.
With all the events that took place earlier in the day, my mom’s luggage never made it to San Antonio that evening. Who would call that a blessing? Mom and I first saw Marina, David’s and Jessie’s 10-year-old daughter. We kept looking for Jessie and couldn’t find her. She was sitting in a wheelchair and nothing prepared mom and me for what we were about to see. There sat Jessie, unrecognizable to us. She was so sick looking. The dialysis and kidney disease had taken its toll on her. Her skin was very dark looking, almost black, and she had lost much of her hair. Thank God, we had mom’s missing luggage to deal with so that it prevented us from constantly starring at our beloved sister/daughter.  Many months later and many tests later we found out she had blocked arteries in both legs. The doctor said it was caused by dialysis.
I think deep inside of every advocate there stirs anger. I don’t think advocates plan their role as advocates; it just happens, or at least it did for me. I wasn’t ready to let my sister die. Marina needed a mother and David needed a wife, and so my journey begins.  Who would have thought at 51 years of age I would start a business called Save a Life Inc.? 
From day one, Jessie always said, “God has a plan and only he knows what that plan is.”
I am so convinced that even in Jessie’s illness God’s plan was to use her to educate the lives of people she had touched and the lives of those she didn’t know she was about to touch.
Jessie was the kidney patient, but I  was her voice. Save a Life Inc. will always be about Jessie, those thousands of people on the waiting list and those who will be added in the future.
Save a Life  Inc. is dedicated to raise funds and receive donations to educate the public regarding the need for living kidney donors and to assist in the journey from screening to recovery in order to increase then number living donors. Jessie has since passed away, but our work will continue. Sis, you will never be forgottten!
Wouldn’t it be awesome to save a life? Would you donate if you could? After all, who wouldn’t want a piece of you?
Rosina Houle
Save a Life  Inc.
rhoule@savealifeks.org
2201 Vail Way
Lawrence, KS 66047
785.766.5933