Daughter of Santa Cruz liver transplant survivor gives her organs

Santa Cruz Sentinel | Kara Guzman

Diane Collopy, rights, stands with her husband Jim Collopy and daughter Caryn Collopy at her home in Santa Cruz on Sunday. The Collopy's daughter Jeanne Marie Collopy died last year and donated her organs, 14 years after her father received a liver transplant. (Kevin Johnson -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)

CRUZ >> In her downstairs quilting room, in a plastic box marked “donors,” Diane Collopy keeps dozens of cloth squares decorated with the names, photos and hobbies of people who have gifted their organs after death.

After her husband received a lifesaving liver transplant in 2001, the 74-year-old Santa Cruz resident began sewing memorial quilts for Donor Network West, an organization connecting donated organs with those in need.

Now Diane Collopy is planning a quilt block for her daughter, Jeannie Collopy-Bach, who died in August of a brain aneurysm at age 52. Collopy-Bach died asleep in her bed, but doctors kept her on life support for three days before recovering her organs.

Diane Collopy said her daughter’s quilt block will have butterflies, redwoods, dragonflies and a dog, because those were things she loved. Continue reading