Donor family holds fundraiser in Bel Air, MD

“It was a beautiful late summer day in August 2001 when a horrific car accident changed our lives forever. Not far from our home, a tractor trailer struck the car on Heather’s side. Heather went into cardiac arrest. She had sustained a devastating head injury that eventually took her precious young life.

My wife and I were asked about organ donation. During the most difficult time in our lives, without hesitation, we said “yes” and five of Heather’s major organs were donated. Donating Heather’s organs has been a special blessing for our healing process.

Knowing five other people are now living happy, healthier lives because of this amazing medical phenomenon is very comforting. We realize our daughter, Heather, is the true hero and would be very happy she is helping others.”

 – Louis Ricci, Heather Ann Ricci’s father

Heather's mom, dad, and sisters with Brian Avery, Heather's heart recipient.

The Riccis have met the recipients of Heather’s precious gifts and continue to advocate for organ, eye and tissue donation through The Heather Ann Ricci Memorial Fund, the non-profit fund they created in their daughter’s name.

Please join them Tuesday, September 20 from 11:30am to 10pm for a fundraiser benefiting The Heather Ann Ricci Memorial Fund at the Dark Horse Saloon in Bel Air, MD.

For more information, please visit the event’s Facebook page or contact Sherry Eller, 410.242.7000 /


About Lauren

Lauren Muskauski is the communications associate at The Living Legacy Foundation. She heads up many community outreach initiatives and projects, with a focus on middle school, high school and college outreach. She also manages The LLF’s and Donate Life Maryland’s presence on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Lauren’s commitment to donation started early when she registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the MVA upon receiving her first drivers’ license, but was then reinforced a few years later when her father passed away while waiting for a liver transplant. Now, she continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the generosity of donors and their families, as well as the gratitude exhibited by every recipient she meets.
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