January: Dee Dee Mitten, Organ Donor (1967-1991). Featured in 2005 Calendar.

January 25, 1991. The last day I would experience as a “normal” life, a life without grief. A day I would consistently go back to in my “what if” mind, even 30 years later, bartering with God and begging him to change the trajectory of events that would occur the following day. If you’ve ever met someone who lit up a room, not just with their beauty or smile, but with their genuine and innocent ability to connect with others and bring out the best in them, that’s who my sister, Dee Dee was. She just had a way of making your day better. Unfortunately, Dee Dee was taken from us after a car accident on January 26, 1991. That terrible loss for my family, also resulted in an understanding of how powerful the gift of donation can be, not just for recipients, but for families who are experiencing significant loss. It wasn’t surprising that her selflessness would continue to touch others in her death, it’s simply who she was. I am honored to have the ability to continue my sister’s legacy through my daily work at LifeCenter, leading a team of individuals who exude compassion and respect for every family we serve. I’d like to believe that Dee Dee is proud, knowing her story continues to be shared and is making a difference to so many.

– Missy Holliday

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