Harry Lucas

harry-profile

“My daughter delivered four miracles and it doesn’t stop there.” Click here to sign up.

Within a matter of minutes, a headache for Wixom native April Lucas turned into unimaginable tragedy. The popular 23-year-old Central Michigan University graduate student died after suffering a brain aneurysm in late 2011.

April hadn’t signed up to be an organ and tissue donor, so her family was asked to make the decision for her at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak.

“I wanted to do what she would’ve wanted us to do,” said her dad, Harry Lucas. “I felt like she was telling us this is what she wanted. From that moment on it was about honoring her. My daughter is a hero.”

April saved the lives of four people.

“My daughter delivered four miracles, and it doesn’t stop there,” Harry said.

Since then, he and his wife, Peggy – April’s stepmom – have helped promote donation in Michigan by volunteering and talking publicly about their tragedy – and the lives April saved.

“I’m now telling the story of every donor through my daughter,” Harry said. “It’s an unconditional gift to a complete stranger. It’s very humbling.”

Harry is sharing his message that those gifts change lives. He’s also talking about something else: Don’t leave your family guessing.

“Don’t leave your family guessing. Join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.”

Click here to sign up.

Read More Posts
Older couple standing in front of their house, arm in arm

After kidney and liver transplant, Michigan man is back out hunting

Rob Rudzki is living proof of the good organ donation can do. More than seven…

Read More
Man at podium in front of extra large screen showing photo of a little girl and her name, Amaia

Lansing father of 7-year-old donor presents award to producers of popular ‘Chicago Med’ in Hollywood

Donate Life Hollywood reached out to Gift of Life Michigan and one other organ procurement…

Read More
Woman holding a round floragraph with the image of her daughter on it

Volunteer Spotlight: Longtime volunteer honors her daughter by teaching others about donation

Artelia Griggs helps save lives by telling everyone she can about organ and tissue donation….

Read More
A woman with long brunette hair in a white dress and a man in a blue shirt and khakis stand arm-in-arm

Tracy and Holly: a Love Story

Tracy Gary and Holly Werlein-Gary almost never met, but fate and transplantation intervened. They both…

Read More

Fenton couple draws on experience to promote organ donation

‘I wasn’t afraid of dying. There’s always hope,’ lung transplant recipient says Jesse and Carlee…

Read More
Justin Shilling, who was killed at the Oxford High School shooting in November 2021 and became an organ and tissue donor

Mom helps Oxford High School students remember friend and classmate who saved six lives

Justin Shilling’s legacy as an organ and tissue donor is helping his mother navigate the…

Read More
Scroll to Top