Getting a second chance at life


Organ recipients thank family of man who saved their lives

Diane Eckert, who lost her brother Cody Crosby in a car accident in 2013, pins a Donate Life pin on an Arvada Police Officer as her way of saying thank you during an event on April 11 to celebrate Donate Life month.
In May 2013, Cody Crosby lost his life in a car accident that happened just off Wadsworth Boulevard and I-70. But thanks to the efforts of Arvada Police and emergency responders, Crosby helped save other lives through organ donation.

“I believe, 100 percent, that Cody lives on in these people,” said Diane Eckert, a Lakewood resident and Crosby’s sister. “The fact that he gets to be a hero would make his day.”

Not all donor recipients ever have a chance to meet their donor or donor family, but since April is National Donate Life Month, Donor Alliance, an organization that supports organ and tissue donation, thought it was only fitting that Eckert and Crosby’s parents had the chance to meet the emergency responders and Wes Cook, of Parker, and Julie Kautz, of Aurora. Both of whom received Crosby’s organs.

“I was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer, and I didn’t have long left,” Cook said. “The moment I heard there was an opportunity to meet the Crosbys, I wanted to do it.”

The meeting happened at Arvada’s Police Department headquarters on April 11, and featured some laughs, more tears and a lot of hugs. Continue reading
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