Blair’s Story – Michele Shanahan DeMoss
Blair’s Legacy of Giving

Independence day began like any other for Michele Shanahan DeMoss with her eleven-year-old daughter Blair and their family. Blair was celebrating the holiday in the backyard just as she had since age 2. Suddenly Blair collapsed. Over a mile away, holiday revelers discharged a firearm and one of the bullets struck Blair in the neck.

Immediately transferred to the hospital, Blair received hundreds of visitors, including friends, family, community leaders, and pastors as soon as they heard the news. Michele was amazed to see how many people Blair had touched. Although Blair went to church nearly every week, Michele believes the outpouring of care was about love and the people Blair touched through her life. Blair also held a special place in her heart for foster children and collected socks and clothing for their comfort.

Michele’s decision for Blair to become an organ donor may have given new life to at least 6 people between the ages of 6 and 60. Since then, the family has launched a nonprofit named “Blair’s Foster Socks.” That effort has motivated Michele to forge ahead, meet new people and volunteer Midwest Transplant Network and Gift of Life – creating an impact that honors Blair’s Legacy.

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