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CJ Shafer – A Donor Family’s Story - Donate Life - Nebraska - Donate Life Nebraska


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CJ Shafer – A Donor Family’s Story

CJ, our son and brother, left us way too soon on May 29th, 2002 at the young age of 21. CJ was always a caring person who constantly went out of his way to help people in need.CJ Shafer

This continued on upon his passing in 2002. He was a donor to 9 different individuals. His heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and pancreas were all able to be donated. Of
the 9 individuals that received CJ's organs we have been told that 8 are still living. This speaks volumes of CJ living on in on others with his organs and continuing to help people. We are so proud of his decision and willingness to have become an organ donor.

This was a decision he made on his own on his 21st birthday. Little did we know that 2 months and 12 days later he would pass away and become a donor to 9 people. We wish the 8 surviving individuals all the best and absolute enjoyment in the rest of your life. We are honored that CJ has helped each of them and for that we feel CJ is living on within them. We continue to honor CJ with special memorials on his birthday, the date he went to heaven and during each year's Donate Life Nebraska 5K & Heroes' Walk. We are so happy how many people want to remember CJ by joining our Team, Team CJ, as he will never be forgotten, but will live on forever in our hearts.

-Janet & Clint Shafer (parents) and Terri Woolery (sister)

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