KTVN Channel 2 | Paul Nelson
"This is the first house that we bought," Metzker said as she pointed at a picture. "How cute and dorky are we?"
JK died when he was hit by a car, last November, leaving Jaimie to raise their three young sons. But through tragedy, there is triumph. JK saved four lives, that day.
"We found out, right away, that his heart and lungs were going to a young woman, who was about his age," Metzker said. "And the boys immediately said, 'Mom, we've got to find out who this woman is because she's family.' They feel like their dad is inside someone else."
JK's kidneys went to two people, in the Bay Area, and his liver went to a man, in Sacramento. Jaimie hasn't met any of the people who gained so much from her husband, but says she hopes that changes.
"I would love to meet the people," Metzker said. "I would love to have them in our family and let them see the boys being raised."
There are 2.6 million deaths, every year, in the United States. Of those, only 7,000 are actual organ donors. That is something the Community Development Liason with the California Transplant Donor Network says isn't good enough. Especially, with 115,000 people waiting for transplants.