Shannon loved the outdoors and everything that went along with it. She enjoyed rock climbing, hiking, fishing, biking, and camping. She also loved animals of all species, but her biggest love was her cat Tabatha. Her friends would tell you she was always the one you could count on to be there when you needed her and so could I. After high school, she went to UB, got her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she and worked with abused children. She decided to go back to school to get her Master’s Degree. When she wanted something, she went after it.
On October 24, Shannon turned 27 and we celebrated our birthdays together (mine was the 23rd). Three days later, October 27, I got the phone call that every parent dreads telling me Shannon was involved in a serious car accident. It was my worst nightmare. Shannon was declared brain dead.
Fortunately, two years before her accident I donated a kidney to my brother and we discussed organ donation. Shannon told me how proud she was of me and that someday she wanted to be an organ donor too. When I was approached in the hospital, I knew the answer. The miracle I was praying for did not happen, but several other miracles did.
Shannon was always my HERO, but she became a HERO to several other people that night. Organ and tissue donation was the only positive thing that helped get me through the loss. A few years later after writing, I met Shannon’s kidney recipients.
I have been working for ConnectLife for 20 years and believe that Shannon sits on my shoulder and helps me help people with losses. She is my “Guardian Angel” and forever loved.
- Darlene (Shannon’s Mom)
(Darlene, pictured with Shannon's kidney recipient, Vickie)