2017 Legacy of Life Luncheon
The 10th annual Lifebanc Legacy of Life Luncheon celebrated the mission to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.
This year, Lifebanc recognized Marlene Shay, who selflessly shares the story of her son Adam’s donation in an effort to educate the community about the vital need for registered organ, eye and tissue donors. Marlene was presented with the Legacy of Life Award for her efforts.
Lifebanc also presented Cleveland 19 News with the Community Champion for Life Award for their partnership and featuring inspiring stories about lives saved and legacies lived. Harry Boomer, anchor and reporter for Cleveland 19 News accepted the award on the station’s behalf.
Kacey Johnson, Columbine High School shooting survivor and tissue recipient was the keynote speaker at the event. Kacey took the audience back to the day when she was shot and played dead to avoid being killed. Although, her shoulder was virtually destroyed, a bone from a tissue donor saved Kacey’s arm from amputation. Kacey understands that the donor bone didn’t medically save her life, but it allowed her to heal and see a normal future, which at the time – saved her life.
The 2017 Legacy of Life Luncheon engaged and educated the more than 360 people who attended and inspired many to become registered organ, eye & tissue donors.