2016 Health Care Heroes: Rhonda Berger

Indianapolis Business Journal

Top Honoree: Volunteer, Rhonda Berger

Volunteer and advocate for Indiana Donor Network

Rhonda Berger talked to each of her three kids about being organ donors when they went to get their learner’s driving permits. They all agreed to check the “organ donor” box, but no one in the family imagined those decisions would ever come into play.

That changed Jan. 23, 2009, when her 19-year-old daughter, Jennifer, died as the result of an apartment fire in Fort Wayne that also claimed Jennifer’s two roommates, who were classmates of hers at International Business College. Berger knew from her learner’s permit conversation with Jennifer what her daughter would want her to do. Still, as a single mom, she felt very alone making the decision in the midst of such a loss.

Now, as a volunteer for the Indiana Donor Network, Berger, 57, is on a mission to help others who will face or who have faced the same decision. For her dedication to donors and those whose lives they save, Berger is the top honoree in the volunteer category of Health Care Heroes. Continue reading