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Stressing the importance of organ donation: UPike student pledges to increase awareness

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

PIKE Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Team Jacob are two words with significant meaning for one Letcher County family.

At 21-years-old Jacob Lucas died in a crash on the Hal Rogers Parkway in August, but his legacy is living through others even after his death.

His heart, kidneys, liver, and other organs went to several people in need.

Which is why his sister, Hannah Lucas, said organ donation awareness is key.

"There's a lot of misconceptions of organ donation and I feel like if somebody can connect with a story like mine it hits more home," said Hannah Lucas.

Lucas has been busy sharing how her brother's decision to be an organ donor helped those in need.

"Knowing that my brother touched three other people with his organ donation makes me feel blessed," said Hannah. "Blessed to know that my brother was able to do something like that."

As a student at the University of Pikeville she said she is educating her peers with the help of others like, Kelly Wells, the head men's basketball coach.

"He has touched a lot of families," said Coach Wells. "If that story doesn't resonate, there's probably not a story that will ever resonate."

Wells took his message to the court for the third "Donate Life Night" event at the mens UPike basketball game.

"Being a kidney recipient from my wife makes it very and special and dear to us," Wells said.

Hannah Lucas is spreading her message of "Team Jacob" and hopes it continues to grow.

For a link to the Kentucky Donor Registry, visit www.donatelifyky.org.

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