Katie, lovely and loved, had made it very clear to her family and friends over the years that she wanted to be an organ, tissue, and eye donor whenever her time on earth would end. Back when she was in the 7th grade, she gave her friend a written request of her funeral wishes. She wasn’t being morbid, just practical. As a child, Katie knew she wanted to help others in all possible ways.

Years passed. But, tragically, not enough years. When Katie was a senior in high school, just months before her graduation, her life was cut short in a fatal traffic accident.

Katie’s parents, through their sadness, say that it was easy for their family to go ahead with the donation because they knew Katie’s wishes. Katie had in common with all donors the desire and willingness to help others even as they pass on.

Her Spirit Lives On

Katie’s sister Amanda shared with us some very inspiring words from a class paper that Katie wrote called “Life’s Little Instructions.” That paper, that Katie turned in on the day she died, had words, which we can all take to heart. “Strive for excellence, not perfection. Commit yourself to constant improvement.”