Nancy Jividen’s son Shane loved to ride his motorcycle, volunteer as the fire chief for the local fire department and simply have fun.
“I don’t think a day went by that he didn’t have a good time,” Nancy says.
After Shane tragically passed away as a result of injuries he suffered in an ATV crash, Nancy remembers him through many of his favorite activities—and through recipients of his organs. In a twist of fate, Shane’s corneas were transplanted into a man who Nancy works with at their local Walmart, John Shuman.
“[It’s good] just knowing that a part of Shane is still alive,” she says. “Just knowing that Shane helped John see.”
In 2015, Nancy remembered Shane through a fire department scholarship in his honor, a softball tournament, a memorial dinner at the fire hall, and a motorcycle fundraiser ride. She’s also been able to meet the recipients of Shane’s heart and liver.
“Just to know that he gave life to four people and sight to two people—it’s something you cherish,” Nancy says. “I just think it’s the greatest thing.”