Multicultural Outreach, Stories of Hope

Lauren’s Heart

Jessica Koperski may be gone, but her heart is still beating and her legacy of generosity lives on.

Her mother, Marcia Toda, knows this for a fact. Jessica was only 35 when she died in an automobile accident in 2020 but, more than a year later, Toda heard her daughter’s heart beating, still strong, in the chest of 31-year-old Lauren Herrera.

The women met recently at the Gift of Life Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. “It was such an amazing thing, to hear her heart again,” said Toda, who traveled from Lakeview, OH, for the meeting.

“Lauren has been a bright spot in all of this.”

Read Lauren’s full story at golm.org/blog/i-never-knew-what-it-was-like-to-feel-normal

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