Ten years later, a young girl’s legacy still inspires others to give the gift of life

Heather Ann Ricci was only ten years old in August 2001 when the car she was riding in was struck by a tractor trailer in Harford County, Md. When they learned the head injury Heather had sustained from the accident had been fatal, Heather’s parents selflessly thought of others during one of the darkest moments of their lives and said yes to organ donation.

Heather was able to save five people’s lives through organ donation, and her legacy did not end there. Her story has touched the lives and hearts of many over the last ten years, including her childhood friend, Megan Kurtzman.

This year, Megan, now a junior at High Point University in North Caroline, decided to get involved with the Donate Life Campus Challenge in Heather’s honor. The Campus Challenge is a competition between other North Carolina colleges and universities to register the most organ donors during a period of time, and at the end of the challenge, High Point University was named the winner after registering more than 500 new donors and beating out other large schools in the challenge such as East Carolina University.

Click the link below to read the full article about Megan’s efforts to keep Heather’s memory alive by encouraging others to designate themselves as organ, eye and tissue donors.

HPU Wins Donate for Life Challenge

To raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation on your own college campus in Maryland, contact Lauren Muskauski, lmuskauski@thellf.org, 410-242-7000 x2005.


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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One Response to Ten years later, a young girl’s legacy still inspires others to give the gift of life

  1. Megan Kurtzman says:

    Thank you so much for writing this article…truly touched!

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