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Emma’s Butterflies – Dash for Donation

My daughter Emma Ann was born July 30, 2014. Although her life was short, she touched many people. She passed away on her three-month birthday of SIDS on October 30, 2014. It was the most devastating day of my family’s lives.

I never dreamed that I would be faced with the question of organ donation for Emma at such a young age. When I was approached about the opportunity for donation, I didn’t hesitate and immediately said “yes.” I was willing to let her help any way possible – our devastating day could be a precious gift for another family.

Unfortunately, my daughter was unable to be a donor due to a hospital error. However, if I had to do this again, I would still say “yes” to donation. I am proud of the choice I made for my sweet daughter.

We are looking forward to honoring Emma at the Dash for Donation this year. Our team, Emma’s Butterflies, is 15 people swift and strong.

The significance of butterflies

After Emma’s passing I had a dream one night that she came to me in the form of a butterfly. It was so comforting. Since that night, whenever I see a butterfly I immediately think of her.

Butterflies decorated her lavender colored nursery and, like a butterfly, Emma was beautiful and her departure from this world allowed others to grow and thrive like flowers from a butterfly’s gentle visit.

Why organ donationEmma2

When faced with a tragedy, organ donation may be one of the last thoughts, but when I share Emma’s story, people are amazed and inspired. In sharing her story I am helping to spread awareness of donation, especially to parents with young children.  I would encourage everyone to consider saying “yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation and to discuss that decision with your family.


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