Nicole "Nikki" Brown
Nikki Brown just turned 39 and couldn’t be more happy. Just four years ago she was in dire need of a heart transplant after being diagnosed with endocarditis at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
“My life before transplant was simply working and living,” she says. “Afterwards I was able to take care of my grandmother until she passed, and I’ve been living out my dreams -- and hopefully some of those of my beautiful donor -- to travel and see the world."
Though Brown has never met the family of the daughter who donated a heart on that “wonderfully glorious morning of Feb. 2, 2013,” she has spoken with them and always has their picture close by.
“I have another soul I’m responsible for now, and I don’t ever want to take that lightly,” says the Chicago native.
Nikki spends a great deal of her free time advocating for donor awareness, and has been an enthusiastic supporter of Team Illinois since joining the team for the 2016 TGA in Cleveland. There she competed in corn hole, bowling and table tennis.