2014 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Steve Parsons
Steve Parsons has been a racing announcer for more than 30 years, and enjoys traveling to race tracks all over Wisconsin. For years he was often accompanied by his daughter, Kim, who loved hanging out at the track and serving as a trophy girl.
"Kim loved the excitement of the races," said Steve.
Kim also loved helping others, and was known for her kindness and for taking in people who didn't seem to fit in elsewhere. When she died unexpectedly at age 21 as a result of injuries from an accident, Kim became an organ donor. Steve takes comfort in the fact that even in her death she was still able to help others.
"It's been five years, and she's still helping people," said Steve.
Steve honors Kim by working to promote the message of organ donation through the Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy Series. In the summer of 2013, Steve traveled to 26 race tracks across Wisconsin to promote organ and tissue donation. He presented 216 memorial trophies, specially designed to honor Kim and the gift of organ, tissue and eye donation.
As Steve was handing out Donate Life cards and trophies, he reflected, "She'd love this!"
Steve takes great comfort knowing that Kim lives on in her two beautiful daughters, and in the lives she saved through donation.