At age 33, Ellen Pieper suffered a stroke. Twelve years later, she's taken her second chance at life and is educating and uplifting others with her message of faith.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jody Gifford
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Two important things happened on Jan. 30, 2000, that changed the course of history -- the St. Louis Rams won their first Super Bowl title and Ellen Pieper suffered a stroke. And while the two may not have much to do with one another, both events marked days the people involved will probably never forget. "The Worst Headache of My Life" It was a Thursday afternoon and Ellen Pieper of Waukee had just wrapped up her work day at Pioneer. She was headed home to nurse what she says was proving to be the worst headache of her life. "I had a 16-year history of migraines which meant if this one was the worst, then it was pretty bad," Pieper said. Pieper, a mother of two boys, then ages 4 and 1, trudged through her weekend running errands, going to …
In 2006, Ted Cochran received a kidney transplant. Five years later, he's taking his second chance at life and repaying it through his non-profit My Angel Foundation, which educates others about organ donation.
This story about Ted Cochran and My Angel Foundation has been nominated as a Greatest Person of the Day for the Huffington Post. You can find it and other Greatest Person stories from around the country here. Aug. 29, 2006, is the day that Ted Cochran says changed his life. It was on that day, after years of battling the effects of a childhood illness and deteriorating kidney function, that Cochran received a new kidney. His donor? His mother, Carla Cochran, 54, an emergency room nurse. "As a nurse, throughout the years, I knew that the day would come when Ted would need a new kidney," she said. "As a nurse, I also knew how many people were on a waiting list. I know that at that time, there were 260 people on waiting list for a kidney. I …