Salem woman urges others to be organ donors after hearing son's heartbeat in a new chest

WSLS | Jessica Jewel

SALEM, Va. - The mother of a Salem man who died nearly two years ago is sharing the story of how her son saved a man's life by being an organ donor.

Melinda Dillon remembers her son, Lucas, as full of life and energy.

"(He) had more friends than you could count," Dillon said.

But she says many people didn't know about the 21-year-old's decade-long struggle with mental illness until he took his own life.

"His blood type and mine both were B Positive and part of his notation to us, you know, when he committed suicide was to stay positive," Dillon said.

She got that message tattooed on her wrist along with Lucas' heartbeat.

"It’s been hard. It's hard to stay positive," Dillon said.

She took it a step further though, deciding to share her son's story of organ donation.

"I think that's what we as his family want to see happen. We want other people to realize you've got to do something for somebody. If you can make a difference for one person, that's all that matters" Dillon said. Continue reading

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