FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Two Hoosiers will help spread the message about organ donation at this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade.
The tragic death of Tracy Driscoll brought a group of strangers together.
“January 9th 2013 I was given a second chance at life,” Kirby Cochran said.
A liver transplant from Tracy saved Kirby’s life. At 41 years old, she died of a brain aneurysm and heart attack. Her donations saved three people.
“For us it was like a big comfort knowing we did the right thing and we honored her decision,” Haleigh Mann, Tracy’s daughter, said.
Now they get the chance to honor Tracy in the Rose Bowl Parade. Kirby was picked to be on the float for the Donate Life Rose Parade.
“This opportunity for me has been a blessing. It’s allowed me to carry on with my family and also honor my donor Tracy,” he said.
Since the transplant, Kirby, a sheriff’s detective, has continued to pursue his dream of becoming Sheriff of Johnson County. He also formed a close bond with Tracy’s family; they even spend holidays and birthdays together. Through this life changing experience, they want people to know how important being a donor really is.
“120,000 plus people are waiting and the most crucial number you want to know is 22 folks die every day waiting on a transplant. Fortunately for me I wasn’t one of those numbers and that’s only because somebody like Tracy chose to say yes, checked the box at the BMV,” Cochran said.
“Reach out to people and learn more about organ donation. Just see what it can do for you and your family,” Mann said.
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