Ryan Post's mom raising awareness for organ donation
Be awesome, be magical, be an organ donor.
That's the message Colleen Lovett is trying to get across with her new t-shirts. She wants people to have the "organ donation discussion" before it needs to be talked about.
"It's not something that anybody ever talks about. You don't want to think about that in that time of grief," said Lovett.
Her daughter, Ryan Post, died in October of 2018. Post was able to donate organs and tissue, saving the lives of 16 people in the process.
"Ultimately, I couldn't save my daughter, but I could help save other people," said Lovett. "It was 24 hours of them (the doctors) coming in over and over and saying they had a match. And as my daughter is laying there, unfortunately gone, in her bed, all these people were coming in, telling us that we're saving people. That was huge."
Leanne Ruskamp, the owner of Dawg's Hut, a clothing store in Beatrice, NE, knows exactly what it's like to be on the receiving end of the organ donation. In 2006, her father was saved by a new kidney.
"Receiving his kidney, it gave him new life, it gave him new hope," said Ruskamp. "It gave him a new sense of life. It was an incredible gift to him."
Lovett and Ruskamp have paired up to print out t-shirts for The Ryan Margaret Foundation. The unicorn on the shirt is dancing and has a green mane. Green is also the color for organ donation. The shirts are meant to raise awareness for organ donation and also raise money for The Ryan Margaret Foundation.
They will sell shirts, hoodies and even hats, all in the hopes they can help more people become organ donors. The shirts can be found at https://stores.inksoft.com/ryan_margaret_foundation/shop/home . They must be ordered by February 20, with a March 8 pick up date.
To learn more about The Ryan Margaret Foundation, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheRyanMargaretFoundation/
Says Lovett, "It's just something everyone needs to be aware of. You do have an opportunity to help everybody. Or somebody."