Sonoma News | Emily Charrier-Botts
But, 20 years later, a piece of her is still alive in Sacramento resident Barbara Young, who received Danielle’s liver the day after she passed. “We’ve traveled the world together. I take her to a lot of concerts, although I’m not sure she’d like the music,” Young laughed.
Every year, Young honors Danielle’s death with the girl’s family during a memorial at Sonoma Valley High School by the flowering plum tree they planted in her memory. Even 20 years later, she remains close with Danielle’s family, a relationship both treasure.
“Twenty-years later, I can’t imagine not having the incredible consolation of knowing that Barbara, (her husband) Bill and (daughter) Kristi have been able to live those 20 years together, happily, as a family, because of that day. Getting to know them has been such a privilege. I realize that organ donor and recipient families don’t often get the chance to meet, much less establish a lifelong friendship, as we have. It changes everything for me to know the woman that carries on a little part of my beloved Danielle, and it makes me extremely happy to see the three of them together, living their second chance,” said Taylor Hale, Danielle’s mother. “I also know that Danielle would not have had it any other way.”