4 years ago August 25, 2014 Casey passed away and I was given New Life because a Mom and Dad new their son, 23 yrs. old, would want to be an organ donor. His heart was a perfect match and I was a hard match. I received a letter from his Mom in February 2015 telling me his story and I wrote back which began a 4 year friendship through email. We had tried a couple of times to meet but it never worked out. We new that it would be God’s perfect timing and it was. We met October 28, 2018 at the Empty Cross. When we saw each other all we could do was hold each other and cry. Casey,s Mom, Dad, brother and family were able to listen to Casey’s strong heart. A lot of tears were shed but it was such a sweet time together, a time I will never forget. Casey’s Mom told me that because of him 100 lives have been helped or saved.
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About Kristy Vandenberg
My new passion has become encouraging others to sign up as registered organ donors. When I retired from the American Red Cross I looked for another opportunity to impact lives across the Texas Hill Country and throughout the country.