remembering our

donor heroes

Hudson Lee

Eye Donor & Tissue Donor


June 30, 2023

Hudson James Lee was only 13 when he died on a hike. He was witty and wise beyond his years. He related to adults more than children his age. He was never without a book and took several everywhere he went. His quest for knowledge meant he was a wealth of information and trivia. He kept us laughing with his wry humor and quippy observations on life. He liked to play chess, Legos, and video games. His sister Arden was his favorite person in the world. He loved the Wings of Fire series, Greek mythology, wearing crocs, Pokémon, and Avatar the Last Airbender. (My cabbages!) He was a chess club member, library assistant, and student tutor at his middle school. He was sensitive, and could tell when others were hurting. He could articulate his feelings in a beautiful and true way. He gave the best hugs and always knew when someone needed one. He was beloved and we miss him so much.

Hudson is an eye and tissue donor, and has given the gift of sight to two individuals and tissue to eight individuals across the United States and New Zealand. He discussed donation with us after watching a documentary on Egyptian burial practices. We know he would be happy to have helped so many.

The Hudson Hornet
February 23, 2010 – June 30, 2023
Funny, Smart, Kind, Loved

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Saying thank you

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.

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