Vicki was a loving and caring person who always wished to help others. She loved the outdoors, decorating and design, and reading in her Bible. Most of all, she loved her family and was a proud mother of 3 children, grandmother to 13 and great-grandmother to 9.
For the past ten years, Vicki had been in ill health and, while under hospice care, she made her wishes known she would like to donate her corneas. “As Vicki’s sister, I lost my sight in my right eye after cataract surgery so we hope that Vicki’s gift will help someone else see,” says Cricket, whose given name is Barbara but her little sister Vicki always lovingly called her Cricket. Vicki and Cricket had discussed organ donation, but knew with her health she’d likely be an eye and tissue donor.
“We discussed Saving Sight with hospice and were pleased that she could give sight to others,” says Cricket. “The Saving Sight technician who recovered her corneas was very caring and gentle and so very understanding.”
Just knowing Vicki’s donation will give someone else sight is meaningful to Cricket and the rest of their family. They know her legacy will live on and they will always remember her big, beautiful brown eyes that all of her children and grandchildren inherited.
“Vicki was a minister’s wife and always cared for others,” says Cricket. “She, at times, had little to give but always gave to others what she could so this is her last gift that the Lord let her share.”
You can learn more about joining the organ, eye and tissue donor registry at registerme.org.