Rockford nurse shares story of daughter who donated tissue - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford nurse shares story of daughter who donated tissue


April is national donate life month and that has a special meaning for one Rockford nurse.

Bobbi Smith works at Mercyhealth, and 20 years ago she lost two granddaughters who needed liver transplants.

According to Mercyhealth, more than 5,000 people in Illinois are waiting for an organ donation. When Smith's daughter, Carrie, passed away 15 years ago, she chose to donate life and helped 15 people with her tissue.

"The gift that we got because of the gifts that Carrie was able to donate are just everything to us," Smith said. "To know that Carrie lives on in others."

Smith started the Red Shoe Run, a local race to raise money and awareness for organ and tissue donation.

Powered by Frankly
<div class="footer-top clearfix"> <div class="footer-search clearfix"> <div class="footer-search-text">Can't Find Something?</div> <div class="footer-search-box"> <form action="/search" method="get" onsubmit="return wnValidateSearchTerm(this, 0)"> <input type="hidden" name="vendor" value="ez"> <input class="footer-textbox" type="text" name="qu" value="" placeholder="Search"> <input class="footer-submit" type="submit" value="Go"> </form> </div> </div> <div class="station-logo"></div> <div class="station-info"> <p class='address'><strong>WREX</strong><br /> 10322 Auburn Road, Rockford, IL 61103<br /> Switchboard: 815-335-2213<br /> News tips: <a href=""></a><br /> <div> <a class="info" href="">Careers</a> <a class="info" href="">Advertise with us</a> <a class="info" href="">Advertiser Services </a> </div> <div> <a class="info" target="_blank" href="">FCC Public File</a> <a class="info" target="_blank" href="">EEO Report</a> <a class="info" href="">Closed Captioning Contact</a> </div> </p> </div> </div> <div class="footer-middle clearfix"></div> <div class="footer-bottom clearfix"> <div class="inner"> <div class="copyrightText"> <a id="wnLogo" href=""><img src="" id="wn"></a> <div class="text"> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 WREX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/15534331/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a>, <a href="/story/15534195/terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>, and <a class="adchoice" href="//" target="policy">Ad Choices</a>. </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>