Laurie and Alan Grady

January 21, 2022

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Laurie and Alan Grady
Donor Families

It was winter 2020 when Laurie and Alan Grady’s life changed forever – their son Jacob was in a tragic snowmobile accident, leaving him brain dead.

This otherwise active, vibrant young man was just 21 years old. And while his story is tragic, there is a silver lining. Long before his accident, Jacob had decided to become an organ donor.

Due to his altruistic decision, Jacob was able to change the lives of eight recipients. His heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, corneas, femur and a heart vein all went to people ranging in age from 6 years old to 55 years old.

One year later, Laurie and Alan are still honored by their son’s selfless act of organ donation.

For three months after Jacob passed, the Grady’s were surrounded by friends and family. There were many discussions about organ donation, and a family member or two have since signed up to become donors.

“Being an organ donor is important because somebody else needs a miracle,” Laurie said. “We didn’t get ours, but somebody else did.”

Laurie and Alan will always be proud of their son and remember Jacob for his spirit and love of the outdoors.

Register today to be an organ donor and your story goes on and on.