Then, in the midst of tragedy and grief, a bright moment arose, Mary said. The doctor told the family that because Jeanette was a registered organ and tissue donor, she would be donating many of her organs. “Wow! The darkness was lifted,” Mary recalled. “She will save lives and live on. I am now a proud donor mother, and Steve is a proud donor brother.”
A 49-year-old man received Jeanette’s left kidney and pancreas; a 47-year old man received her right kidney and liver. “I have a feeling that both recipients may be tempted to go out shopping for a Gucci handbag and some stiletto heels,” Mary said with a smile.
Mary also is an Advocates for Hope volunteer with Gift of Hope. Jeanette’s cousin, Anne, is an Advocate, too, in honor and memory of her “baby cousin. They are both working to encourage people to register as organ and tissue donors. “Donation benefits donors and their family members,” Mary said. “You can save lives and give your family a little bright spot during a tragic time.”