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Wife Honors Husband's Memory Through Organ Donation

Lisa PenningtonThree years ago, Registered Nurse Lisa Pennington came home and found Chad, her young, healthy husband, suffering a seizure. He suffered a brain aneurysm in an area of the brain where the bleeding couldn’t be stopped. He was only 38 years old when he died, but four other people lived because of him.

Lisa remembers the agreement they made years earlier. "If we’re not going to need our organs anymore, someone else might as well benefit from them," she recalls. Lisa donated Chad’s lungs, kidneys and pancreas. "A year after he died, I received a letter from the man who received his lungs," Lisa recalls. "He was a teacher and rode Harley’s. My husband was going to school to be a teacher and always wanted to ride a motorcycle."

Chad, a man with dreams, a goofy dad, a faithful volunteer and a civil war reenactor, gave the ultimate gift of life. "It was an easy decision when that time came because I knew that is what he wanted," says Lisa. "I watched my father-in-law die while waiting for a donor heart. I know the anguish of not getting an organ, so if I can help someone, I will."

Wife Honors Husband's Memory