Minn. Woman Gives Gift of Life through Organ Donation

Updated: 12/24/2012 5:52 PM KSTP.com By: Beth McDonough

The Holidays are about connecting and celebrating with loved ones.

This season is all the more special for one Minnesota Family. They suddenly lost their mother. She was a natural caretaker while alive and even after her death.

It was a shock when Terry Kurash's mom, 72-year-old Judith Kurash, unexpectedly died from a brain aneurysm last year.

Although Judith wasn't a registered organ donor, she told her son she'd like to be one day.

Because donors and recipients are anonymous, LifeSource, a donor organization, shared with the Kurash family that Judith's donation helped up to 60 people.

Her Heart was donated to the U of M for research, a Maryland man got a kidney, a Texas man who'd been on the waiting list for a year got her liver and a woman desperate for the right tissue to repair her ACL got a second chance at quality of life.

The woman was so grateful, she wrote a letter of appreciation to the Kurash family

That's all Terry Kurash needed to hear to get through this holiday. Even at the age of 72, his mom wasn't too old to donate.  No one is.

In Minnesota, nearly 3,000 people are on the waiting list for new organs or tissue.

There are a number of ways you can make your wishes known. You can register with LifeSource, on Facebook or through your driver's license.