Christopher Krencik was a happy and easy going young man, who had a large circle of friends. He is missed each and every day.

Our family has had two tragedies. On March 4th, 2006, our 13 year old son was struck and killed by a speeding pickup truck driven by a 21 year old driver. The driver claims he saw a group of snowmobilers crossing the road at the snowmobile crossing. Jeremy was riding with some friends, along with his brother Josh, who ran to Jeremy's side. Unfortunately, it was too late. Our 13 year old Jeremy was gone. Jeremy left behind his twin sister Chelsea and brothers Josh and Christopher.

Tragedy struck our family again in August, 2008. Our son Christopher was diagnosed with a rare form bacterial meningitis called Listeria. Christopher died 2 days after his 25th birthday. Christopher's death was unnecessary. He was originally thought to have the flu, but we knew he needed urgent attention. A second diagnosis was that of a urinary tract infection. He was sent home with medication but by early morning, the disease had traveled to his brain. He was taken to a local hospital and put on life support. We were told he would never be the same. It was time to make a decision about organ donation. Darlene from Unyts was our angel. She helped to make every step much easier to take. We had to make the hardest decisions of our life. Fortunately, friends and family were there for us. We made visits to the hospital chapel hoping for a miracle that never came. The end came peacefully for Christopher. The organ recipients were told that they were going to get a second chance of life because of our decision to donate his organs. We, as a family, knew that Christopher would have wanted to do this for others. He was the most giving, loving and caring young man. Christopher leaves behind his parents, his sister Chelsea, brother Josh, his girlfriend of 3 years, Jackie, and the real pride and joy of his life, his 15 month old little boy, Christopher.

Every year since Christopher's death, we have held a memorial blood drive through Unyts. We have collected over 100 units of life saving blood in Christopher's name.

We miss our loved ones ever so much, but we do know how important it is that life goes on and that Christopher's life has really gone on, because of the  donation that he gave to others.

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