The Story of our Founding Families
When my son, Michael, came up with his Master Plan to “donate his body to science so they can find a cure”, we had no idea that his plan would become Swifty’s plan. Our mission became raising awareness about the need for and lack of post-mortem tissue for research. This led to the discovery that many families would have liked to donate, but were never asked. Knowing the importance of tissue donation for finding cures and wanting to affect a cultural change, we needed to bring people together to have a unified voice around this difficult topic.
In Dec. 2018, we gathered families from across the country at a Family Forum to hear about their donation experiences. We cried for our children, shared how knowing they are helping other children through their donations helps our grief and discussed appropriate ways to approach families about this sensitive topic. Families that were not able to donate shared their feelings of having missed an opportunity to help and to have that legacy for their child.
This gathering, these families, became the launching point for Gift from a Child. Their handprints are on this website in their stories on our Family Support page, they helped develop our Family Companioning program and many act as companions. Some of the families with foundations are financial supporters of GFAC as well. This page is to recognize their importance to this program, to thank them and most especially to recognize their amazing children who left us all too soon.
What Our Decision to Donate Has Meant to Us.
These are our children who inspired us all to do more, to do better.
The Family of Nick Baratelle
The Family of Lejla Mae Bekric
The Family of Emily Gould
The Family of Michael Gustafson
The Family of Andrew Haggenmiller
The Family of Jennifer Lynn Kranz
The Family of John McNicholas
The Family of Gabriella Miller
The Family of Charlie Poole
The Family of Julian Gabriel Roque
The Family of Heather Ann Serafin
The Family of Gracie Skuches
The Family of Wylie Strotbeck
The Family of McKenna Wetzel
The Family of Molly Worner