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Jena's Story

Organ donor Jena

Jena Cina was called to her eternal rest on May 17, 2011, after she was struck suddenly by a ruptured brain aneurysm as she was leaving work 12 days earlier. Jena fought to remain with us for two weeks, but the post surgical swelling of her brain was too much for her body to overcome. Her last days were a struggle as the doctors and nurses worked to maintain her organs so that her life of giving to others would continue on even when she couldn't.

 

Jena was a lovely soul who cared deeply for each person that she encountered. In spite of many of her own difficulties and discouragements, she had a very positive attitude, always looking for the best qualities in her fellow human beings. She loved and nurtured many children during her lifetime. When her children were small she helped many other parents by loving and nurturing their children with her in-home day care.  She also spent many years caring for "special needs" children, who were indeed special to her.

 

In her last two years of life, she worked as a receptionist at a medical clinic. There she met countless people who became her friends. She made them feel welcome and wanted, taking special interest in each individual. When Jena met someone that she knew was fighting a hard battle, she would ask if she could pray for him or her. She kept a small, red notebook at her desk, where she would write down the names of these people, along with many other relatives, friends and acquaintances that suffered from all kinds of life’s difficulties. And she really did pray for them - Jena was the ultimate prayer warrior! She trusted in her Lord and was not timid about asking for his help for herself and countless others.

 

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others come and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same." Jena's footprints are imprinted deeply into the hearts of many, many people; we will never forget how she loved and cared for each one of us.

 

As a tribute to Jena and her love for God and others, we have submitted a quilt square to the "Patches of Love" National Donor Family Quilt. We chose a traditional pattern known as the Eye of God. We know that she is certainly in God's eye right now as she rejoices with the angels. We are sure that he has welcomed her into her heavenly mansion with the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

 

- Karen Fairbrother,
on behalf of Marty Cina (Jena's husband) and Kayla Cina (Jena's daughter)