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Success is not an option, it is a decision.

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing pre- and post-transplant education.

About Us

Hello, and welcome to the Rush To Live Organization. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing pre- and post-transplant education to patients, their family, and their friends. My name is Michelle Orive and I am an organ transplant recipient. I am the President and Founder of the Rush To Live Organization.


We are here to motivate and inspire you so you are well prepared for what lies ahead post-transplant. We’re also here to deal with any concerns or issues you may have pre-transplant. We want to answer any questions you may have through people who have experienced a transplant or who are waiting to undergo one. If we are unable to answer your question, we can get you on the right path to someone who can. 


Rush To Live is also the states leading advocate for Medicare Part D on Capitol Hill, where we fight to make sure your medications are covered under the Medicare Part D policy. 


About Me

"Success is not an option, it is a decision"

- MIchelle Orive

Mine was a worst-case scenario.


I was extremely healthy and never had any kind of serious illness. I was very active, health conscious, and a non-smoker. I had never even taken aspirin for a headache


But at age 39, after giving birth to my son, I became extremely ill, slipped into a coma, and was placed on life support. I had gone into multi-organ failure. By the time I arrived at the only transplant center that would accept my case due to the severity of my condition, I was in end-stage liver failure, respiratory distress, and my kidneys had shut down. How could it be? I didn't drink, smoke, or take any form of drugs—prescription or otherwise. But there I was with what was classified as Fatty Liver of Pregnancy.


I underwent brain surgery when I began to hemorrhage into my brain, a liver transplant, and surgery to my stomach and pancreas. My kidneys shut down. I lost my gallbladder. My lung would collapsed twice. When all was said and done the Doctors at Rush University Hospital had performed Medical Miracles.


But that Miracle would have not happened had it not been for my 24-year-old male donor. Due to financial and insurance limitations, I had to implement self-reliance and self-education to be able to take hold of my life again and recover. 


And that is exactly what Rush To Live deals with now—real everyday personal, financial, and psychological issues, using real world solutions and educational resources.


We are here to answer your questions and, if we’re unable to do so, refer you to a place where you can receive the answers you need. We are here to motivate and inspire you to make a conscious decision on what your choices are. We’re here to be a resource and direct you to all possible resources. We’re here to assist in the best recovery possible.

Workshops & Events

Learn about upcoming educational workshops, events, and advocacy opportunities

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Questions

We want to answer any questions you may have through people who have experienced a transplant or who are waiting to undergo one. If we are unable to answer your question, we can get you on the right path to someone who can. To contact Michelle directly, email [email protected] or use the button below.

Medical Equipment Use​

If you would like to temporarily use one of our wheelchairs or walkers , contact Michelle using the button below . It will be delivered to you at no cost.

Donations

If you would like to donate medical equipment (i.e. wheelchair, walkers, mobility scooters, etc) please schedule a pickup using the button below. You may also mail donations to:
Rush To Live Organization
 P.O Box 5214,
Wheaton, IL 60189

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