In 2006, Frank Jr. and Regenia's youngest son, Frank III, was involved in an automobile accident that ultimately took his life.
At the age of 19, Frank left his legacy to this world when he became an organ donor. Frank Jr. and Regenia, along with their son Sherman and daughter Angel (pictured, with Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle), mourn the loss of their son and brother, and they miss the light and laughter that Frank brought to the world of everyone who knew him.
Through the gift of life he gave to others, Frank's family has found peace, knowing his tragic death brought hope and life. At the 2007 Governor's Medal Ceremony, on a beautiful morning in August, Frank's family gathered with 300 other families from cities throughout the Midwest at the Governor's residence.
They came together to honor their loved one's gift of life, to share their grief and their pride and to celebrate their loved ones by accepting the Governor's Medal of Honor. For 14 years, the Governor of Wisconsin has presented the Medal of Honor to families of organ donors to recognize the beautiful gifts they shared.
As any organ recipient will state, it is not a gift that is easily acknowledged. However, through their time and dedication to organ donation awareness, Governor and Mrs. Doyle continue a long tradition of honoring the gift of life that people like Frank, and hundreds of others make every year.