Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when they were just three days old, Ana and her twin sister, Isa, each received double lung transplants at Stanford Hospital and Clinics as young adults.
Ana lived each day with determination and chose to live “as if her donor were watching.” She received two college degrees, worked for 16 years as a genetic counselor at Lucile Packard Children’s hospital in Palo Alto, and won 20 medals as a Transplant Games athlete.
On September, 22, 2013, Ana lost her hard fought battle with intestinal cancer. Having received the gift of life herself, it was very important to her and her family that she be able to give that gift to someone else. They were thankful that despite her cancer, Ana was able to donate her corneas and restore sight to two people.