Jessica's Story

The following tribute was written by Jessica's family.


UW Health Organ Procurement Organization donor tributes: JessicaWe are the family of Jessica Binder and it has been more than a year since she passed away on October 19, 2010. She was very verbal about her wishes to be an organ donor long before her death. We have been busy this past year honoring our daughter by spreading her ashes in several meaningful places that she loved. We also have established a scholarship fund in her honor at the school she attended for a degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Associate Degree program. This program provides a $500 stipend to a selected recipient each year. In addition, she will be remembered in a book to be published by the International McArdle's Disease community to assist and educate victims of the disease.


We are honored as a family to be able to carry out her wishes and donate her liver to a needy recipient and tissue for research. Although we miss her dearly each and every day, we are comforted by the fact that she was able to save another person's life. She is survived by her parents and a sister.


Jessica loved being a student and was working on a double major in photography from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and also taking classes to be an alcohol and drug treatment counselor at the Chippewa Valley Technical College. She was an artist and left behind many fine works of art. Jess loved to read in her spare time and owned many books and she was also an avid journal writer since her grade school years.


We are fortunate to have all of her artworks and journals to enjoy since her death. She loved to swim, especially in the ocean, and would often go to the local fitness center with her snorkel gear and fins to simulate the ocean experience.


Jessica was well liked and had many friends! She was very kind and often thought of the needs of others before herself and never complained when difficult things entered into her life. In preparation for her funeral, we had asked her closest friends and family members to compile a list of words that best described her and we would like to share this list with you as it appeared on the funeral memorial card.


She was...

  • motherly
  • brave
  • radiant
  • compassionate
  • joyful
  • good humored
  • curious
  • mischievous
  • magical
  • free-spirited
  • charismatic
  • daring
  • a deep thinker
  • inquisitive
  • imaginative
  • adventurous
  • a lover of learning
  • an avid journal writer
  • possessed a lust for life described by her closest family and friends.