Hometown: Woonsocket, RI
January 8, 2011
My sister died suddenly while vacationing in Florida on January 7, 2005. She was an organ donor and donated her heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. The knowledge that she would live on through others helped us to bear our grief. She is our hero.
Donate Life Float in Rose Parade: I recommend that RIODAC annually purchase a rose for the Donate Life Dedication Garden. The roses are then placed on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The rose would be in honor/memory of RI organ donors/donor families, transplant recipients and candidates. See donatelifefloat.org/prod/components/dedication_garden/ .
Organ donation allowed my sister to save 5 lives upon her sudden death. I volunteer with RIODAC and NEOB to promote awareness of organ donation.