When Tyson Schreiber turned 16 and got his driver license, he signed up to be an organ donor. Three years later, he became an organ donor after a single-car accident in which he wasn't wearing a seatbelt killed him.
Several years later, Schreiber's mother and sister were visiting Schreiber's grave, paying their respects, when a stranger approached them. The odds of such a meeting will actually surprise you.
It turned out that stranger was Laura Ericks, a woman who received Schreiber's pancreas and kidney, according to a 2014 story by KOIN 6 News.
"The doctors had said I probably wouldn't live to 40," Ericks told KOIN. "I'm going to be 45 (on my next birthday)."
While vacationing with her husband, Ericks made a point to find and visit Schreiber's grave site, in order to give her thanks in a more personal manner, and that's when she met Schreiber's mother and sister.
"It was surreal knowing that she's all healthy now and cared enough to come look him up," Schreiber's mother, Julie, told KOIN. "She didn't know where he was. She didn't have to drive by and look, but she wanted to."
Ericks went on to leave a touching note near Schreiber's grave: "My hero. Thank you for the gift of life. Laura."
According to the American Transplant Foundation, as many as eight people can have their lives saved from a single organ donor.
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