Donor Family Quilt

Donor Family Quilts

The Alabama Organ Center Donor Family Quilts are a patchwork of memories, lovingly created primarily by donor family members. Each original quilt square is used to make one of dozens of donor family quilts displayed at events and memorials statewide to spread the message about organ and tissue donation. You may access the individual squares and read their stories by clicking below.

The quilt is an ongoing project and will never be finished. If you are interested in submitting a square please follow these directions, “How To Make A Quilt Square.” If you are interested in submitting a story for a previously submitted quilt square, please e-mail Carrie Ellis.

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Adams, Tony Darrell

Adams, Tony Darrell

1964 – 2010

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Agullar, Jazmin

Agullar, Jazmin

April 13, 1982 -July 26, 2010

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Aker, Stephen M.

Aker, Stephen M.

March 11, 1983 -June 26, 2008

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Akers, Chris

Akers, Chris

May 27, 1987 -May 30, 2000

Story from the Quilt:
Hi! I’m Debbie, Chris’s mom. First, I would like to thank each and every one of you for making this blanket and may God bless each and every one of you.

Now I would like to tell you a little about Chris. Chris was the kind of person who would give the shirt off his back if he had to. He loved to help people who needed help. He loved to cut grass, swim, play baseball and he loved to go fishing, and he especially loved to go to work with his Daddy, David. Chris also loved going to spend the night with his Maw Maw Reaves. And when it came to holidays, he loved spending it with his family, especially his Daddy and Maw Maw.

He loved doing things with his brother Marcus, especially playing card games and board games.

He really loved getting out and riding his brother’s scooter with him. He had a trampoline and loved jumping on that! Chris loved going to church with his Maw Maw Reaves. Chris knew his bible, that’s one thing I’m sure of. Chris was the type of person who could make you mad, but you loved him at the same time. His best friend was named Nicholas, they had lockers near each other at school. Before the accident, Chris had asked God to forgive him for all the bad things he had done and help him to be good. Chris saved four women’s lives as an organ donor. I thank God that Chris saved others. I know he’s still living within them and that’s one of the most precious gifts. The gift of life is to give life to someone else. I was told by my mom that Chris had told her that he wanted to be a donor because his mom was (me).

Thanks a lot,
Chris’s Mom
Debbie

Allen, Brandon Ray

Allen, Brandon Ray

January 7, 1999 -October 5, 2010

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Allison, Davey

Allison, Davey

??? – July 13, 1993

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Alvis, Aaron

Alvis, Aaron

October 5, 1980 -June 29, 2001

Story from the Quilt:
Aaron was our precious son and grandson. He was born 10/5/1980. He passed away 6/29/2001. We all loved him so dearly. He died from smoke inhalation. This quilt patch is a part of one of his shirts.

Aaron was a special person, he loved people, loved life. So compassionate. He liked music, liked to play music. He wrote such great poetry.

We never had discussed organ donation, but we thought this would be what he would have wanted to do. So we feel part of Aaron is still living through someone else.

Paula, Mother
Quilla and Jr., Adoptive Grandparents

Anderson, William ‘Billy’ O., IV

Anderson, William ‘Billy’ O., IV

December 28, 1982 – November 7, 2006

Story from the Quilt:
This quilt square is to honor my son Billy Anderson, who died four days following a car accident on 11/7/2006.

Through organ donation he continues to live on in other people and give me something to look forward to by receiving letters from the recipients and knowing they are doing well.

I share my story and letters with others in hopes to inspire them to give when the time comes.

Mary Sanford

Anonymous, Anonymous

Anonymous, Anonymous

2004

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Arbaugh, Derick

Arbaugh, Derick

April 21, 1988 -July 21, 2014

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Bailey, Austin ‘Cody’

Bailey, Austin ‘Cody’

September 28, 1997 – September 28, 2015

Story from the Quilt:

Cody was a senior at Fayetteville High School. He enjoyed spending time with his friends riding dirt roads and finding an occasional mud hole. He loved to hunt and fish but he had a real passion for hunting. Cody was very sweet and kind hearted and loved his family as much as we loved him. We are so proud of the young man that he grew to be. We will always love and miss him dearly.
The picture of Cody’s quilt square is one of his senior portraits that were taken just a few weeks before his accident.

Deanna Ford,
Mom

Baine, Natalie Ann

Baine, Natalie Ann

May 5, 1992 -January 11, 2013

Story from the Quilt:
This quilt square for Natalie Baine was designed to show how beautiful she was both inside and out. Natalie had a heart of gold and a smile that would light up a room. Natalie was an honor student throughout her entire academic career, including The University of Alabama where she was selected as one of 25 students to study Accounting abroad for the University. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She was also an athlete- a basketball player where she holds the high school record of 111 starts on a Varsity team for any sport at the school. Natalie loved her family, her friends and life itself. Natalie continues to give life to others through her decision at 16 to be an organ donor. Now her legacy lives on. May God keep his arms around her until we meet again.

Baldwin, Debrah Lee

Baldwin, Debrah Lee

September 21, 1950 -September 14, 2010

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Baldwin, Mirandasue Maribeth Jones

Baldwin, Mirandasue Maribeth Jones

January 8, 1990 -February 11, 2011

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Baldwin, Mirandasue Maribeth Jones

Baldwin, Mirandasue Maribeth Jones

January 8, 1990 -February 11, 2011

Story From The Quilt:
Mirandasue was a very loving person and could love you unconditionally. She had a great relationship with the Lord. She loved to play sports and loved her high school. She cheered win or lose with her whole heart. I chose her team mascot and colors to represent her. She led a drug free life and ate as healthy as she knew how. She died of a brain aneurysm. She was very high energy and always could do anything she put her mind to. She was a great daughter, daughter-in-law, wife, granddaughter, sister, mother, aunt and friend that anyone could dream of having.

Baldwin, Travis

Baldwin, Travis

May 28, 1981 -December 14, 2006

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Ballard, Jesse Alexander-Lee

Ballard, Jesse Alexander-Lee

September 28, 2003 – February 15, 2005

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Barkman, Chris Barkman

Barkman, Chris Barkman

June 12, 1988 – June 27, 1998

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Barnes, Chelsea Danielle

Barnes, Chelsea Danielle

December 5, 2000 -October 20, 2010

Story from the Quilt:
Our beloved daughter, Chelsea, died suddenly at age 9. We have taken great solace in the knowledge that four people were given another chance at life from her organ donation.

The photo for the quilt square was Chelsea’s favorite school picture. The purple monkey material is leftover from Chelsea’s favorite night gown.

Though Chelsea’s life was short, she was an expressive, loving child. She loved life, she loved her friends and, most of all she loved her family.

Sincerely,
The Barnes Family

Barnes, Darrell F.

Barnes, Darrell F.

February 5, 1930 -July 29, 2005

Story from the Quilt:
Our quilt square was designed for the job he had and loved for 38 years. He was an O.O.I.D.A (Owner, Operator, Independent Drivers Association) member. He loved loading and unloading those “big rigs” best of all.

He was my beloved husband for 47 years. Father of one son, who is also a semi-truck driver, three daughters, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was extremely very proud of his family.

We are very proud to know his wish was to be an organ donor.

Thank you,
Bunny

Barnes, Ryan Wesley

Barnes, Ryan Wesley

November 4, 1981 -December 3, 2008

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Barrow, Rene

Barrow, Rene

February 12, 1976 -July 3, 2008

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Barrows, Jonathan Wayne

Barrows, Jonathan Wayne

July 3, 1979 -August 27, 1998

Story from the Quilt:
Son, you decorated our lives and gave us a reason for living, you were our joy. You gave your life to protect society, then you gave your organs to save many. Now you are our hero.

Bates, Barbara

Bates, Barbara

April 5, 1942 -December 25, 2004

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Beard, Ralph

Beard, Ralph

September 4, 1948 – March 3, 2016

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Benson, Michael Jerome, Jr.

Benson, Michael Jerome, Jr.

June 2, 1987 -January 19, 2007

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Biles, Ashlyn Ryan

Biles, Ashlyn Ryan

October 29, 2009 -August 10, 2010

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Binkley, Allen

Binkley, Allen

December 23, 1949 – February 28, 2016

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Blackmon, Cathy

Blackmon, Cathy

March 25, 1962 – November 19, 2016

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Blackshear, David “Wendell”

Blackshear, David “Wendell”

July 17, 1940 – July 6, 2016

Story From The Quilt:
Wendell loved Auburn football. He attended games until he could not due to the progression of his Parkinson’s disease. He also loved spending time with family and loved ones. Wendell also loved bowling, playing golf and putt-putt golf.

Blake, Randy Scott

Blake, Randy Scott

November 15, 1958 -July 26, 2012

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Blazer, Jimmy Noel

Blazer, Jimmy Noel

June 26, 1959 -December 15, 2008

Story from the Quilt:
Jimmy Noel Blazer was the second of four sons born to Howard and Ruth Blazer. He was born in Florence, AL on June 26, 1959, and died in Troy, AL on December 15, 2008, at the age of 49. He is survived by his parents, brothers, Tim and Joe, daughters, Leslie and Savannah, and granddaughter, Jada Sierra. Jimmy was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip.

Jimmy loved to fish and ALABAMA football. The picture on his Quilt Square is a favorite of his family. It was taken in 1988 at his favorite fishing hole on the Russian River, Alaska.

Ruth Morris Blazer,
Mother

Boone, Walter

Boone, Walter

March 15, 1935 -October 26, 2014

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Bosch, Hagen Warner

Bosch, Hagen Warner

August 21, 1997 -October 24, 2009

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Boyington, Christopher

Boyington, Christopher

January 13, 1963 -September 27, 2007

Story from the Quilt:
Chris’Quilt Square: The green is from his work shirt, he was a welder, so it had some holes burned in it. The yellow shirt was mine. I needed to be close to him forever, this was my way of doing it. The center round is from his every day play shirt- he loved to fish and hunt, so I see him riding into the sunset fishing with God.

P.S.: The Quilt Square is not perfect. Chris was not.

Thank you,
Ruby Boyington Chessher

Brabo, Ron

Brabo, Ron

March 11, 1947 -November 1, 2008

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Bradley, Wayne

Bradley, Wayne

July 18, 1948 -February 9, 2015

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Bragg, Austin Taylor

Bragg, Austin Taylor

April 10, 1987 -October 10, 2011

Story from the Quilt:
Our son, my brother Austin had love of life with a smile you’d never forget. His love of hunting, fishing and a true talent with his hands, has earned Austin one of God’s best carpenters in heaven. Our family never realized just how fragile life is, but yet when your loved one is called Home, and to know Austin’s life continues on in others, is another gift from God. The quilt square was a picture of Austin and our golden retrievers. Austin asked his sister to take this picture a few weeks before God called him home. This quilt square truly represents our Austin, our son and my brother.

We love you dearly and miss you more,

Mom, Dad and Sissy

Brannon, Daniel

Brannon, Daniel

August 18, 1988 -November 27, 2009

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Braswell, Joshua David

Braswell, Joshua David

January 31, 1980 -June 26, 2003

Story from the Quilt:
Josh, a Registered Nurse at Mobile Infirmary, was a May 3rd, 2003 graduate of the University of Mobile, where he received both the John W. Donald Award and the Bedsole Award. The Donald is a Nursing School award given at pinning, and the Bedsole is granted by faculty ballot to the student who has shown the most significant progress while at the University. Weeks after his graduation he was killed in an automobile accident near Dauphin Island, AL.

He was a resident of Mobile, AL where he lived at home with his dad, Clay his mother, Karen and brother, Joel.

Being a nurse, Josh made it known that he supported ORGAN DONATION, his parents, Clay & Karen and only brother, Joel, had no reserves making this decision. Just as Josh did here on earth working as a nurse in the medical field… His last act on earth was to save 6 lives with his organ donation:

On June 27th, 2005 the heart was transplanted into a 51 year old male. The liver was transplanted into a 45 year old male. Both lungs were transplanted into a 29 year old male. The pancreas was transplanted into a 34 year old male. The right kidney was transplanted into a 34 year old male. The left kidney was transplanted into a 65 year old male. These recipients were both suffering from end-stage kidney disease. All of these recipients are recovering at this time.

Josh’s patch was made by his mother, Karen. She took one of his nursing uniform green scrub tops and used that for the main background. The last photo taken of him by her before he died is laminated and placed on the patch. His RN nursing emblem was embroidered on along with his website link address. It was outlined in a maroon color trim which was both his High School “Faith Academy” and University of Mobile school colors.