My name is Linda Lupher and I’m a donor mom. In 2007, our daughter Lauren became an organ and tissue donor. Through the miracle of donation, she was able to donate her kidneys, corneas and heart valves to perfect strangers. Susan Hernandez, a 32-year-old from the Fort Worth area, received Lauren’s left kidney.
In April of 2011, my husband and I had the unique opportunity to meet Susan during a donor family/recipient gathering hosted by LifeGift and Cook Children’s Medical Center. The pain of losing our daughter will always run deep, but meeting one of her recipients was extremely healing for us. And, as an added bonus, Susan gave birth to her first child in 2012 on Lauren’s dad’s birthday.
Since Lauren’s death, we have attended donor memorials that pay tribute to Lauren and other donors. These events give us pause to remember our precious loved ones and their precious gifts.
The funds raised through the Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run will finance more donor family/recipient meetings and donor memorials, providing hope and healing to others. See you in Houston, Fort Worth and/or Lubbock!
Donor Mom and LifeGift Volunteer
Linda Lupher and her family met the recipient of their daughter’s kidney, Susan Hernandez, in April of 2011 at a donor family/recipient meeting hosted by LifeGift and Cook Children’s Medical Center.