NBC Montana | Jesse Antonio
"What a lot of people don't understand with donors is when you are a donor it's not only your vital organs, it's also your tendons, your ligaments, your skin and the bone," said Vice President of Marketing at Bacterin, Molly Mason.
Bacterin, in Belgrade, is the only F.D.A. accredited tissue bank in Montana. They accept donations from people who have passed away. People like Catherine Casey's daughter Deanna, who was killed by drunk driver in 2006.
"It's just an unbelievable experience to know that even something so tragic as to lose a loved one, that they in turn, even in their death, are helping somebody, makes you feel good," said Casey.
Deanna's gift inspired her grandfather Ron to become a donor before he passed away in July.
"The feeling that she was able to help, and up until now she's helped sixty-seven people, made my father feel so wonderful," Casey said.
On Thursday, Bacterin will hold a reception to raise awareness for tissue donation, and to honor the Casey family for their gifts.