It’s a lesson you can't learn about in a textbook. Friday, some area high school students learned the importance of organ donation by someone who has been touched by it personally.
Over 400 students at Penn High School heard the stories of two women who faced death.
They explained the importance of letting your family know your wishes concerning organ and tissue donation.
Dr. Sandra Brown's daughter had talked to her mother about being a donor before she tragically died in a car accident. Her tissues were donated to help others.
Maria Knowlton suffered from cystic fibrosis since birth. At 28, and after being on the donor waiting list for a year and a half, doctors said she had two weeks to live. Then, her prayers were answered with a double lung transplant.
"It's so different being able to take care of children now instead of worrying about my health is doing and not being able to keep up with them. I'm able to run after them. My little girl is destructive and likes to play in the toilet so I am always able to run after her because of the transplant,” Maria Knowlton said.
Knowlton thanks her husband for being by her side during her years of poor health and is now enjoying life with their two adoptive children.
The State of Indiana requires that high school students are educated about organ and tissue donations before leaving high school.