In 2000, Don received the second transplant. “I was so grateful that I wanted to give back,” he explained. So he organized an organ and tissue donation night. His first donor family agreed to come, along with the Jesse White Tumblers, Don’s two physicians, the county coroner and a representative from the Illinois Eye-Bank. The result: 1,400 newly registered donors!
“My eyesight is a miracle in my life,” he said. “I am thankful – especially to Gift of Hope – for every minute.” Don now is a speaker for Gift of Hope and gives talks to high school students about registering as organ and tissue donors when they reach 18. His mission: “To promote donation and to contribute in any other way that I can,” he said.