Families, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics celebrate Donate Life Month

THE GAZETTE | Vanessa Miller

IOWA CITY — Years ago, standing in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles to get his unrestricted driver’s license, Jonathan Russell turned to his mom and asked, “Am I an organ donor?”

“Yes,” Jan Russell recalls saying. “Yes you are.”

He quipped back, “Yeah, I don’t need ‘em.”

Jan Russell said her son, who went by “Jonno,” would be the first person to say, “Yeah, of course they would want part of me. I’m awesome.”

But she never dreamed “they” would get part of him so soon. A few years later — early May 10, 2015 — an 18-year-old Jonno died after the car he was driving went into a ditch and hit a utility pole and two trees.

His family members were devastated. But one thing that provided a sense of hope — or at least purpose and meaning — was the new reality that their son’s life could help save others. Continue reading

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