50 Voices - Karen - Fifty Lives

Karen

Tissue Donor

My sister Karen was killed in a drunk driving crash in March of 1998. She was 18 years old and a freshman at St. Bonaventure University. She was an athlete, and played softball for 12 years. Soon after receiving the tragic news of her death, my parents were faced with the hard decision of whether or not to donate her tissues and organs. They decided that Karen was a very giving and generous person, and this is something that she would have wanted. Through that donation, Karen was able to help at least 10 people. It's that decision that made me want to check "organ and tissue donor" on the back of my driver's license. I've started Crusade Against Impaired Driving in Karen's honor, and each August we hold a softball tournament in her memory. To learn more about CAID, head to www.karenscrusade.org.

Karen's sister, Deanna