November 28, 2021
My Gavin decided at 18 to become an organ donor. When his accident happened we honored his decision. He lost his life on 11/28/21, and his donation surgery was on 12/02/21. Through donation, he saved 5 lives with 6 organs. I have a wonderful relationship with his heart recipient and his liver recipient. Gavin is our hero and a hero to many others in our community. He was a senior in high school preparing for his next adventure in life–college. Such a beautiful human!
Many donor families find that corresponding with the transplant recipient or recipients can be a powerful experience. Donor families can take comfort in sharing stories and sending well wishes to those who live on because of their loved one.
Should you choose to connect, we're here to help. Letters and cards can be a tremendous gift to both the donor families and recipients. To protect everyone, we provide guidelines for communication. Names remain confidential unless both parties agree to share those with one another, and we provide a correspondence address. We are happy to share sample letters to help you get started.
For more information about corresponding with recipients, please call us at 615-564-3649.
When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, you leave a lasting legacy and bring hope to those waiting.
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