Stories of Hope

Letitia Williams

Donor Sister

“I’ve always been driven to help others, and that’s what guided me to nursing,” Letitia Williams said.

In April 2015, Letitia’s professional and personal life unfortunately came together, as her sister, Desiree Miller, 31, was involved in a tragic car accident. Desiree passed away on April 30 at UF Health Shands.

Desiree was registered as an organ donor. Her desire to help others carried on after her death, as she saved the lives of four patients, ranging in age from 12 to 53, through the donation of her heart, liver and both kidneys.

“Now that we’ve gone through personal experience with organ donation, it feels good knowing our loss has helped others go on in life,” Letitia said. “Although we lost Desiree, she’s able to help other families. Her death also inspired other family members to register as donors, and they probably would have never thought about registering before.”

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