The Joplin Globe | Andra Bryan Stefononi
The bracelet says “Donate Life.”
“I have lots and lots of them, and I wear each one until I find someone to give it to or until it falls apart,” Leggett said. “It’s a great way to be able to tell my story.”
That story is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming, and it’s one she will tell in full at tonight’s Celebration of Life ceremony in Joplin.
Leggett’s sister, Teresa Kemp, 41, and her niece, Taylor Kemp, 13, of Pittsburg, Kan., were killed in 2009 when their car was hit by a vehicle operated by a drunken driver who was fleeing police.
“Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene; Teresa died six days later in the hospital after being declared brain dead,” Leggett said. “But we knew, the type of giving, loving people they were, that they would want us to donate their organs. Teresa had it on her driver’s license, and Taylor said at age 4 that she wanted to donate her hair to Locks of Love.”
Organs donated by Teresa and Taylor Kemp benefited the lives of more than 50 people, according to hospital officials.