Donor Alliance Advocates for Life are the heart and soul of our efforts to inspire and educate our community about the importance of signing up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor in Colorado and Wyoming. Each of our Advocates have their own unique and inspiring story to tell. In this Advocate Spotlight, meet Laurie Weaver, a passionate Donor’s Wife from Casper, WY. Laurie has been a dedicated Advocate for Life for 3 years!
Get to Know Laurie Weaver in this Month’s Advocate Spotlight:
What’s your favorite memory of volunteering at Donor Alliance? Being able to meet the amazing people at Donor Alliance and seeing the wonderful work they do to support donor families and recipients has been an incredible experience. I have not met any of my husband’s recipients but meeting other recipients and knowing through our grief that my husband was able to change so many people’s lives is indescribable. I met a recipient very early in our journey, a young woman who was a kidney recipient. I saw her about a year later and she had a baby during that time. Just knowing she was able to continue her life after her transplant and bring a beautiful new soul into the world thanks to a donor’s gift of life was amazing.
What is your favorite season & why? Summer and Fall on Casper Mountain where my husband and I built our home. I enjoy being able to take long walks in the woods with my dog, Finn, always a quiet and peaceful way to spend time on the mountain.
What is your proudest accomplishment? Running in four Donor Dashes in four different states. After Sam became a donor, I was determined to run in the Denver Donor Dash that same year to honor his gift. I was never a runner and used an app on my phone to train. I ran the entire race and believe me it was an emotional finish. I was lucky to have lots of family there to support me. The following year I ran the four Donor Dashes in four states. I was proud to be able to run all of the races start to finish in honor of my husband and some of them my children were also able to attend and run with me.
What song would you sing at karaoke night? On a cruise my daughter and I tried “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and found it was a really hard song to sing. It seemed especially long and turned out to be kind of a funny disaster. I think that was first and last karaoke debut.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Work hard but find time to enjoy the good things in life.
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