Fallen officer's family promoting organ donation
It's estimated 1,500 Hoosiers are waiting for life-saving organ transplants, but 18 of those people will die every day, waiting for a call that never comes.
Three years ago, Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Moore was gunned down during a traffic stop. His family made the decision to donate the officer's organs and save lives.
On Tuesday's Eyewitness News at Noon, David Moore's mother, Jo Moore, and Lance Lewis, who received both lungs from David Moore, talked about why organ donation is so important.
"I think you need to take something tragic and make something positive," said Moore. "And the positive of donating organs is just unbelievable. It helps you through your grief tremendously to know that his death helped seven other people."
In addition to the lung donation, David Moore's heart "went to a lady who was about my age, so that was pretty cool," said Jo Moore.
Lance Lewis had a genetic form of emphysema. He only 18 percent lung capacity before getting David Moore's lungs. Now he does bike rides and competes in an annual stair climb.
"It is really day and night. People will say the transplant allowed them to get back to their old life. For me, this is a new life. I never had this life before," said Lewis.
"I really feel like the recipients are my heroes. They help me through grief. They help me realize that David didn't die tragically or horrifically. He's still helping," said Jo Moore.
Also, check out the "Linking Hands" event at 11:45 am on Friday at Monument Circle. Donors and recipients will link hands as a way of spreading the message that organ donation offers hope to thousands who are waiting on life-saving donations.