The gift of life: A mother's loss becomes a future for those in need of organs

RIVERBEND | Cory Davenport
BETHALTO - Tammy Laycock lost her son, Shane Laycock, to suicide on Nov. 11, 2015. He was only 11 years old.

Before his untimely death, Tammy Laycock said her son inquired about the little heart on her ID. She told him it meant she would donate her organs if anything were to ever happen to her. She said his eyes grew wide at that thought and he told her he would like to do that too. She told him he could whenever he had an ID of his own. She said it was his decision to make.

Unfortunately, Shane Laycock did not live long enough to be able to place that little heart on his ID.

Shane Laycock had autism, the symptoms of which caused his short life to be full of turmoil and heartbreak. Tammy Laycock said her son was the victim of bullying as well as a system, which did little to help him deal with his autism and bullying. Because of that, Shane Laycock was constantly trying to run or escape his life.

In one incident in August 2015, Shane Laycock climbed to the top of a very large tree in their neighborhood. The Bethalto Fire Department arrived at the scene to help him from the tree, but Shane Laycock refused to comply. He continued to stay in the tree until the firefighters promised to assemble a stationary bicycle in the garage for him. Shane Laycock loved spending his days' excess energy on that bicycle, and he was ecstatic when the Bethalto firefighters made good on that promise. Continue reading
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