Niece remembered through organ donation

Hattiesburg American | Elizabeth Shoemake
Vicki and Jason Shoemake complete details on a floragraph of their daughter, Holland Shoemake, at Magnolia Baptist Church during a float-decorating ceremony. / File/Ryan Moore/Hattiesburg American

Earlier this month there was an article in this paper about a young girl, Holland Shoemake, who is being honored as an organ donor on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The story of Holland’s accident and ultimate death was not news to me. Holland, you see, was my niece.

Holland was a vibrant young girl, full of life and biting at the bit to go out and live it. T

he last time I saw her before her accident was two weeks prior at her 16th birthday party.

Her parents threw her a grand party that year. There were colorful roses on tables under white tents.