Donor Mom Shares Her Story on L.A. Radio Program
Donor mom, Jackie Woodward, knows all too well how painful it is to lose a child. Her daughter, Lindsey Woodward (pictured at right), was killed in a car accident at the age of 14 in 2011. But, when the doctors delivered the news, she and her husband immediately thought of the lives their daughter could save through organ and tissue donation. “When the doctor told us that, you know, Lindsey was brain dead, me and my husband just looked at each other and we knew, we wanted her to be a donor,” said Woodward.
Thanks to the selfless decision made by the Woodwards, Lindsey’s heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, main artery, rib cage, eyes, bone marrow and skin were all used to save and enhance the lives of 56 other people.
Woodward, also a Donate Life Ambassador, shared her story on “The Sunday Journal,” a radio program on KOST-FM in Los Angeles, Calif.
Also on the program, Bryan Stewart, Donate Life California board member and Vice President of Communications for OneLegacy, talked about how Lindsey is being honored on the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float. “One of the hallmarks of our float design is we integrate images of organ and tissue donors from all over the country and the family members actually have the opportunity to decorate the images themselves.”
In addition, Stewart talked about Donate Life California’s new program to help the more than 17,000 people in our state who are waiting for kidney transplants. Living Donation California is an online information and referral service for people thinking about being living kidney donors. “If we really want to help people get off the transplant waiting list and live complete, full lives, free of dialysis and live for a longer period of time, living donation is something that I’d love to encourage anyone to consider,” said Stewart.
You can listen to the radio program in its entirety here.
For more information about living kidney donation, please visit www.LivingDonationCalifornia.org. To register as an organ and tissue donor, or for more information about how to get involved, please visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org.
The Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry is the nonprofit, state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry which records the decision to donate in a secure, confidential database that is searched by authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel at the time of an actual donation opportunity. It is administered by Donate Life California and California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ recovery organizations: Donor Network West , Lifesharing, Sierra Donor Services, and OneLegacy. For more information about the Donate Life California Registry, how donation saves and improves lives, and to sign up, please visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org.
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