A traveling welder who lived on the road much of the time, Jeremiah Broadwell regularly made it home in time for important family events.
“He was always about family, friends, giving and being there for others,” said his sister Sañta Broadwell.
When Jeremiah unexpectedly passed away, he gave a final gift through organ donation.
“Jeremiah is in a better place,” said his mother, Vickie Broadwell. “I wish his recipients the best. I miss my son, but I wouldn’t call him back, because I know he’s in heaven.”
Although members of Jeremiah’s close-knit family struggle with their loss, they have found comfort seeing his legacy continue not only through his donation, but also through each other.
“Jeremiah shines through always, especially through his son,” said his aunt Teresa Nance.
John Broadwell Jr., Jeremiah’s brother, said that although he misses Jeremiah, he appreciates the perspective this loss gave him.
“Jeremiah passing away wasn’t what anybody wanted, but it gave us all a new outlook on life,” said John. “It let us see what we have and gave us all a little hope to give to other people.”
Jeremiah’s sister Monica Broadwell hopes her family’s story inspires others to become registered donors.
“We will be honored if Jeremiah’s gift of life made an impact on others,” she said. “There is a great need of love being shared through gifting your organs.”