The State Journal-Register | Marie Ball
Even after his own life had ended, John Lefferts managed to ensure the lives of 37 others would be improved.
Shortly after Lefferts died of an aneurysm in 2004, his parents, Vivian and Larry Lefferts, were wondering what to do next.
“I was thinking, ‘What will happen when I meet new people?’” Vivian recalled. “How will I tell them about John?”
Then it came to them.
The couple, who lived in Springfield, Sherman and Athens before moving to Normal in 2008, decided they could keep the memory of their 22-year-old son alive through helping others. They told the doctor they wanted to donate his eyes, bone and tissue to Gift of Hope, an organization that coordinates organ donations for the state of Illinois.
Vivian and Larry Lefferts also started to speak to people about Gift of Hope. And they’ll carry that message this year to the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif.