125 Voices - Ken - Fifty Lives


Tissue Donor

Ken and I met through mutual friends and were married in December 2000. We shared our three children from previous relationships and we were blessed with a daughter in 2004. We were a full house. Ken loved sports. He worked out all the time, was fit and athletic. Football was his favorite by far. On April 25, 2005, he complained of heartburn after a spicy dinner. I didn't think anything of it and told him to relax and to lay off the jalapenos. Within minutes I realized something was wrong. He had lost consciousness and was slumped over. I told my 8 year old son to bring me the phone and to take the baby next door until I go get him. The ambulance showed up and did what they could but it was too late. The family and I decided to make a donation.

A few years later, I met Garrett, a divorced father of two. One of which was an organ recipient. We had lots in common. He convinced me to do some homework to see where my husband's donation went, so I wrote to CTS and received a letter with a list of 19 people who received tissue from Ken. Due to the circumstances of his passing, no organs were usable but tissues were. Even though his death was a tragedy, it allowed those 19 people to live happy healthy lives.