A woman from Wisconsin has brought the tragic death of her daughter to life to raise awareness and educate her about organ donation.
Dawn Lyons-Wood received the Crystal Vision Award from the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin in March, according to the Daily Citizen. The award annually honors three people for their commitment and commitment to raising awareness of the donation of eyes, organs and tissues.
Her daughter Emily Lyons was 19 when she was killed in a snowmobile accident in 2015.
Lyons had registered as an organ, tissue and eye donor when she got her driver's license. Lyons-Woods said that her daughter was able to save the lives of six people, with the transplants of her heart, kidneys, pancreas, small intestine and liver. Her eyes helped someone in Wisconsin, while more than 60 people in 22 states benefited from her tissue donation.
"Emmy gave us something positive to focus on," Lyons-Wood said. "She shares her wisdom every day and I will be forever grateful."
Lyons-Wood became a certified volunteer for the UW Organ and Tissue Donation Service. She speaks regularly at a driving school in Beaver Dam about organ donation.
"As a donor mom gives more meaning to my life," said Lyons-Wood. "I feel like I'm being honored for breathing."
Lyons was an aspiring optician who would join the Lions Club in UW-La Crosse, which supports many charitable charities. Instead, her mother was admitted to the Lions Club Beaver Dam in August.
"Part of what I am doing now is to fulfill all their obligations," Lyons-Wood said. "I always knew that I should join the Lions Club because it did not happen, but I had to wait until I was ready."