50 Voices - Dale - Fifty Lives

Dale

Tissue Donor

I have had the pleasure and honor of working in the tissue banking industry since 2001. I was always a firm believer in the donation process, but my beliefs and commitment to the industry were truly reaffirmed in 2009 when my father, Dale Evans Roe, unexpectedly passed away on February 22. All of the sudden I went from working in the donation field to becoming part of a family faced with making the decision of giving life to others and the one granting consent. We made the decision to donate as my father had always talked about how proud and fascinated he was of my career and that he hoped he could help others when his time came. As he always was during his life, my father was a hero as he was able to help more than 50 people through his gift of skin, tissue, bones, and corneas.

This experience greatly enhanced my beliefs and commitment to the donation process as well as increased my abilities, understanding, and competencies as a donation professional. Having been on the other side of the coin, I am able to understand, sympathize, and connect with families on a much deeper level and I am able to share the wonderful joy that my family and I feel in knowing that my father was able to help so many through his selfless gifts.

Brian Roe, CTS - Indiana Director