Organ donor Eric's story, as shared by his wife, Ruth.
Eric was the love of my life.
Our families had been friends since mine moved to Menominee in 1936. We went to the same church. His mother was my Sunday school teacher, his parents' wedding was the first I ever attended, and we grew up as close family friends.
Over the years, we lost touch. However, last year we reconnected when he returned home to
Eric asked me to marry him and we decided to get married on
We had a great summer together. Eric enjoyed anything outdoors, especially kayaking. We bought matching kayaks, and I did kayak fitness training in order to keep up with him. We were like two 30- or 40-year-old people, always ready with our next great adventure planned.
We were married for less than 10 weeks when Eric fell at home on
Eric had just received his new driver's license and he had selected to be an organ donor, which I honored. He was always a person that wanted to help; he enjoyed giving his time, energy, and resources to help others. They were able to use his organs, and he helped 50 to 100 people with tissue and bone donations.
The day before the accident, Eric and I went to