Mom pleads for organ donation to honor her daughter’s life

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — An Illinois nonprofit is helping to warm the heart of a mother after her daughter passed away in 2019.

Michelle Moore has said her daughter, Lacey Moore, died of a brain aneurysm three years ago.

“It was very sudden,” Michelle said. “Gift of Hope has helped us a lot to put things together.”

She said Gift of Hope provides details and updates on people who have received organ donations from her daughter.

“Our decision to donate Lacey’s organs…it would be something she wanted…to help someone,” Michelle said.

Since working with Gift of Hope, Michelle’s family has received many letters from people who received the donations, letting them know that they are doing well.

Michelle said: “I know a 12 year old boy who has the heart of Lacey. It’s moving… It’s a very happy feeling… to know that someone has their heart there.

When he received Lacey’s heart, the boy was 10 years old.

Another person received Lacey’s lungs.

“She donated her lungs…and someone who was a grandfather got to see her grandchildren,” Michelle added.

Gift of Hope also gave Michelle’s family a kit to make a purple lantern, which they could light at night to honor Lacey and her gifts.

“He comes out of my house every night and it’s all lit up,” Michelle smiles.

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a nonprofit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and donor family services in the northern three-quarters of Illinois and northeastern western Indiana.

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