2019 Candlelight Tribute
Registration for Altoona and Coralville is now CLOSED. We have reached capacity at the venues and cannot allow additional registrations. We are thankful so many are interested in attending to honor their loved ones and have already begun evaluating how we can accommodate the increase in numbers in the future. Thanks for your understanding.
Iowa Donor Network (IDN) invites you, your family and friends to join us in remembering your loved one who has impacted the lives of others through the gift of donation.
Gather with donor families from across the state as we honor organ, tissue and eye donors during our annual remembrance event, featuring a guest speaker, candle-lighting ceremony and memorial photo presentation.
We hope this event offers you and your family the opportunity to reflect on your loved one’s life, celebrate the gift they gave and gather with others who have traveled a similar path.
Sioux City | Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 1:00pm-3:30pm
Altoona | Sunday, November 10, 2019 | 1:00pm-3:30pm
Coralville | Sunday, November 17, 2019 | 1:00pm-3:30pm
Light refreshments will be served from 1:00-1:30pm, with program beginning at 1:30pm
Casual attire is appropriate
Coloring sheets will be provided for young people. You might consider bringing something they enjoy to entertain themselves.
Sioux City Speaker: Mary Kay Moore is new to the Sioux City area. She previously lived in Des Moines before she married Dan Moore in March 2018. She is the mother of four beautiful children; Maren, Joseph, Amelia and Jonathan (1882-2013). She has experienced the blessings of grandchildren, Quinnlyn and Carson. Her life was forever changed when her youngest son died of a massive embolism on October 16, 2013. Her son's favorite move was "Pay it Forward." The main message of this movie was to do random acts of kindness to make the world a better place to live. When she was in the ER room with her son's body and they asked gently if she would ever consider organ and tissue donation, the thought of this movie rose to the top of the darkest grief and her answer was "Yes!" As Mary Kay honored her son's 6th Angelversary this month she has a full heart of gratitude because she has come out on the other side of grief and can embrace her new normal. Thornton Wilder says it so well, "The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief, but gratitude."
Sioux City Poem Reader: Danny Mackey is a Sioux City native and graduate of East High School. Danny is a kidney & pancreas recipient. He is 48 years old and one of six kids. Danny was in retail sales for several years but due to health issues isn't working at this time. Danny keeps busy helping to care for his mom, Diane and really enjoys spending time with family, especially his nieces and nephews.
Altoona Speaker: Jessica Shnurman is a nurse who resides in Cumming, IA with her husband and son. Last year in 2018, Jessica and her husband, Sampson, had a baby girl who is now their sweet angel, smiling down on them. Lilah Grace Shnurman was able to donate heart valves and lungs for research after only 9 days of life. Jessica is now blessed to work for Iowa Donor Network as an organ donation coordinator, to honor Lilah while supporting and advocating for organ donation.
Altoona Poem Reader: Melanie Smith lives in Waverly, IA with her husband Wes and two daughters - Amaya, age 6, and Tenleigh, age 2. Melanie's story began as a freshman in college where she contracted a parasite in her eye. Many painful, sightless months later, Melanie was blessed with a gift she would never be able to repay - the Gift of Sight. Since her cornea transplant in 2003, she has become a very active spokesperson for eye, organ and tissue donation through the Organ Donation Committee which she founded at the Waterloo hospital where she works as a registered nurse, as well as for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank and Iowa Donor Network.
Coralville Speaker: Alma Brunson lives in Muscatine with her husband Brian. Together they have five beautiful blessings and one fur baby. Their children have become a teacher, a nurse, a soldier, an angel and a junior in high school. Alma is a judicial specialist for the state of Iowa. Their daughter Micaela tragically died in 2016. Brokenhearted, grieving and struggling to make sense of their loss, the leaned on their faith for strength. Finding comfort in her decision, they honored Micaela's wishes to be an organ and tissue donor. To further honor Mickey's loving and unselfish spirit they chose to volunteer and help others in a variety of ways. Raising awareness by sharing Micaela's story, through their Community Foundation, creating college scholarships and a charitable fund, "Micaela's Hope," to create resources for mental health. Performing and encouraging random acts of kindness as Micaela often did.
Coralville Poem Reader: Armin Muzafirovic is the son of Mevlid and Sefija and brother of Aldin. He was a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa when he needed an upgraded pacemaker in the middle of his second semester. With complications and an enlarged heart, he had to stop school but was determined to go back to finish finals. Two months after the upgraded surgery, he fell ill. In May 2017, Armin had an emergency LVAD surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. The twelve-hour surgery was a success. After 33 days he was discharged. Within the next 10 months, Armin was listed for transplant. On March 18, 2018 he received the gift of a second life with a heart transplant. After his transplant, he was able to live a normal life once again. Now 18 months after transplant he is back in school to finish his degree and further his education, with a goal of attending medical school to become a physician. He is truly grateful and thankful for his donor.
Please direct any event related questions to our Family Care Coordinators (Julie Farren or Linda Harvey) at 855-431-9844.
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