Wall Of Life - Breanna - Fifty Lives

Tissue Donor

Breanna Banner-Sawyer

Breanna was everything: responsible, respected, educated, and hard working. She always thought of everything. As her mother, she and I had a very special bond and loved doing things together. She was a snappy dresser too—she loved getting all dressed up and looking like a proper young lady! She was also very close with a group of her friends that called themselves “The Troops” who had been together their whole lives. Her whole family was so proud of her and we all miss her presence dearly.

Shortly before she passed, Breanna gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Aubrey. She was such a great mom for those nine beautiful days she spent with Aubrey.

Breanna did not know her father growing up, but made it her mission to find him and she did. Three months before she passed away she was able to meet her father and found that she had 13 siblings. She spent time connecting and getting to know them and it was in that time that she was presented with the gospel and accepted Jesus Christ! I find comfort that Breanna rests in heaven and was able to impact her new extended family as well as so many others through tissue donation.

Breanna was proud to be a donor. “Mommy, just let them take whatever they need from me” That’s a direct quote from her. She registered to become a donor on the day she turned 18, on the same day she got her drivers permit and became a registered voter. Breanna was proud to be a donor and I am proud to be a donor myself. Breanna’s tissue donation has helped 56 people already!

When Breanna passed, Aubrey’s father and I –decided we would do something special to keep Breanna’s memory alive and give Aubrey something to connect with her mother. We buried her ashes and planted a beautiful Jane Magnolia tree that will bloom with beautiful pink flowers, which were her favorite color. The tree is in Aubrey’s backyard so that she can feel that connection with Breanna. We call it, “Bre’s Tree”.

Breanna was always very proud of me and as a chef, every time I put my white coat on, I think of Breanna. She used to call me before every big event I had and tell me “Go get ‘em Mommy!” I have a high heel pin that I have on my collar to represent Breanna, because she loved stiletto heels so much!

I also recently started a foundation in Breanna’s name that will help to mentor young girls; it’s called the Breanna Banner Ladybug Society. We also will be doing some fundraising in order to allow recipients to travel to meet with donor families. We want to do everything we can to keep Breanna’s memory alive and build a legacy of Breanna for her daughter Aubrey to cherish forever!

Written by Breanna’s mom, Rochelle Russell