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“He really wanted to be an organ donor”

Deborah Cotter, Cornea Donor Family Member, 2010

At the age of 20, Deb Cotter knew what she wanted to do with her life. Her enthusiasm to help others led her to her current position as an organ recovery coordinator. Her career decisions were more than a choice; it was her passion to help save lives! Many of her personal friendships, relationships and inspirations come from connections she has made with patients (living or since departed) and their families. In 2010, Deb received devastating news that her father had lung cancer. He lost his courageous battle 18 months later. “He really wanted to be an organ donor,” she shares, “but because of the cancer he was only able to donate his corneas to research. He was my light and now he is the light too many.” Despite facing personal tragedy after the loss of her father, Deb will never stop being everyone’s cheerleader!

“It takes a lot of voices and people to move together on this mission. It is important to educate our community about the need for donation and to give hope to those still waiting. It takes one person to say YES during a tragic situation to turn it around to mean LIFE and MIRACLES. Meeting with transplant recipients, I know some feel guilty but I assure them that their donor made the decision to save lives and the best way to honor them is to take care of their gift and be their voice.” ~ Deb Cotter

Deborah Cotter
Deb is pictured here with her father

 
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