Team Name: Stephanie’s Gift
Peter Cullen is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and media executive, who served in senior leadership and strategy roles with both major entertainment and start-up companies.
Liver disease came into Peter’s life at the age of 37, when he was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). As the PSC progressed, Peter developed Cholangiocarcinoma and received an immediate lifesaving Living-Donor liver transplant, thanks to Peter’s younger brother Timothy bravely volunteering to grant the “gift of life.” Unfortunately, the donated liver failed to thrive, resulting in a decade of ongoing surgeries and interventions to remain functional. The donated liver eventually developed recurrent PSC and again Peter needed a liver transplant. In late 2016, Peter received a second liver transplant from a deceased donor named Stephanie who died suddenly and unexpectedly. Stephanie was a wife, a mother of two young children, and a nurse who dedicated her life to working with special needs children. Stephanie saved Peter’s life and the lives of two other people in her final act of altruism and love as an organ donor.