From Laci's Mom ~ Dear Sponsors, Coaches and Cheerleaders,
“Dance for a Life” has been a vision of my family for many years. As a family faced far too early with the decision of organ donation, we know firsthand how important it is to know the wishes of our family members. Through volunteering with Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), it is our mission to help educate students and their families about organ donation and the importance of discussing.
My daughter, Laci Michelle Taquino was a very active and outgoing 15-year old who was known for her humble and quiet personality. She was a dancer, a cheerleader, and maintained a 4.0 GPA as an honor student at Comeaux High School. In August 2006, Laci passed away suddenly from a massive intracerebral hemorrhage caused by an undiagnosed Arteriovenus Malformation (AVM). It was then, that our family faced the difficult decision of organ donation. Thankfully, Laci and I had a discussion about organ donation just one month prior. It was a conversation I didn’t want to have or even think about, but today, I am so thankful for it!
When faced with the decision to donate Laci’s organs, I knew her wishes! Laci saved the lives of six people.
The national organ transplant waiting list currently has over 122,000 people waiting on life saving organs. Over 1,800 of these waiting are from Louisiana. Up to 61 people can benefit from the gifts of only one donor. Donated organs can potentially save 9 lives, corneas can restore sight to 2 recipients, and recovered tissues can enhance up to 50, primarily through reconstructive surgeries.
Honoring Laci’s wish by saying "Yes” to organ donation is the one positive outcome from such a devastating situation. It is our hope that “Dance for a Life” will not only raise funds for LOPA to continue educating about organ donation, but will open the door to that all important family conversation.
We would love to have you join us in celebrating Laci’s love of dance and cheer. Please consider participating in this friendly and informative competition, honoring donor heroes, and organ and tissue recipients.
Sincerely, Lisa Taquino