|Joanne “Jojo” Russell holds up a sign reading “I (love you) Haiden” at the top of Mount Katahdin. Russell passed away unexpectedly Dec. 6, 2016. (Photo courtesy Margie Hodgdon)|
Her life ended quickly and unexpectedly. She had a brain aneurysm during a 15-minute break from her job at Shaw’s Supermarket in Wiscasset. She passed away at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Dec. 6, 2016.
After her passing, family members, knowing she gave to people all her life, assumed she would want to continue giving. Their assumptions proved correct when they checked her driver’s license, which indicated that she was an organ donor.
A letter to the family from New England Donor Services shared the outcome of Jojo’s generosity to other people. Her right kidney and liver were successfully transplanted into a woman in her 30s who is now back home with her family. Continue reading