After Regeina Brazeal’s husband died, she and her large family started discussing her end-of-life wishes. Regeina was a giving person — always thinking about others. She quickly said “yes” to the question of organ, eye and tissue donation.
“Mom understood the impact that donation has on recipients and how she could help them live a better life, while she also understood the impact on the survivors,” said her daughter, Billy Jo Carney. “Her final act of being a tissue donor is a great example of the person she was.”
As the years went on, Regeina did not believe that she would be able to donate due to her advanced age. Later, when she passed away, her family received some news.
“I was ecstatic when I heard the age limit had increased, so Mom was able to fulfill her wish of becoming a donor,” Billy Jo said.
Billy Jo’s passion for donation came full circle through her mom, and she hopes her family’s story inspires others.
“Donation is the hope that someone else has a better quality of life,” she said. “It creates hope knowing that her legacy continues.”
As she celebrates her mother’s selfless gift, Billy Jo urges everyone to consider donation.
“Sign up on the registry,” she said. “And most importantly, let your family know.”