For Immediate Release

The untold story of organ donation … from both the organ donor/recipient perspectives
A donor mother and heart recipient speak out together on the journey they've shared

October 4, 2021
New York

Tragedy to Triumph is the compelling and poignant story of how two lives intertwined in their darkest hour, and the years of triumph that followed. Tragedy to Triumph provides a unique perspective on organ donation and is an invaluable resource for donor families, recipients, medical personnel, and potential donors alike.

Tragedy to Triumph – The Story of Tom’s Heart is the harrowing and heart-wrenching tragedy that struck him and his family. At the worst moment any family should ever have to deal with, the parents said yes to organ, eye, and tissue donation so the lives of others could be saved and healed. As Tom’s mother, it offered me hope in the midst of despair, a purpose in the midst of tragedy, and light in the midst of the darkest night of my life.

By saying yes to organ, eye and tissue donation, Tom's family provided Pete Radigan with the gift of life, his new heart.

This is their tragic yet life-saving story…

The release of Tragedy to Triumph – The Story of Tom's Heart would not have been possible without the support our co-author Jim McGrath, our sponsor, BioMatrix Specialty Pharmacy, Transplant Division, the support of Donate Life America, and Transplant News..

To purchase your copy, go to Amazon Books, Barnes and Noble or Google Books. Visit to learn more about the book, it’s sponsors, and to participate in upcoming events.

About the Authors: Janet Mauk, is the mother of Thomas Mauk. Thomas Mauk, through organ donation saved, 4 lives and healed the lives of so many others. Janet Mauk resides in Niagara Falls, New York.

Pete Radigan, 24-year heart transplant recipient, resides in Tampa, Florida. Pete was originally transplanted at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and is cared for by Dr. Donna Mancini (Mt. Sinai, New York) and Dr. Luis Arroyo (Tampa General Hospital).

If you would like more information or schedule an interview, book signing, keynote speaking or any appearance, please contact Pete Radigan at [email protected] or via telephone at (609) 225-2060.

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