Kristen Joe Circle of Life Garden

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The garden is a place for Donor Families to display pictures of their loved ones commemorating their gifts in the circle of life. The pictures, along with beautiful flowers, have grown to be one of the highlights of LIFE Walk/Run, putting a face to the heroes of organ donation.

Kristen made people feel special. In death, Kristen did the same, saving four lives through organ donation and helping many more as a tissue and corneal donor. When Kristen renewed her license in the year prior to her death, she told her parents, Dr. Annette and Lonnie Joe that she wanted to register as an organ donor. Kristen’s legacy of giving, like that of all donors, reflects an individual’s heroic decision when one signs up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. “Kristen was a very generous person and was always giving presents. Even though this has been the most difficult time in our lives, we have joy knowing that her sweet voice continues to echo through her many loving gifts”, said her mother, Dr. Annette Joe.