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Donna Lee Gold of Buffalo became an organ donor upon her passing on June 21, 2011. She is remembered as a devoted mother and a giving person.

The daughter of Donald Gold and Geraldine Wilder, Donna was born and raised in Western New York. She attended Black Rock Academy and later graduated from Riverside High School. She went to school to be a beautician.

Donna enjoyed shopping, drinking Diet Pepsi and collecting M&M memorabilia.

She loved to sing, especially country music, but her favorite song was Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father.” Donna was very close to her father, who passed away from liver failure in 2002.

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Donna had three children, Joshua, Kristie and Nicole. “She taught us to love ourselves before anyone else could, she taught us to never give up hope, she taught us to be genuine and most of all she taught us that it’s OK to be different,” said Kristie. “She never judged a soul. My mother always did for others despite how she felt. Life can be beautiful as long as we have beautiful people who care for others just like my mother did.”

Kristie said that she has been thankful for the Donate Life community. “I truly believe that without them, the grieving process would have been a lot more difficult. When I received the beautiful letter that tells in full detail what my mother was able to save another family from what we are currently feeling, I broke down in tears. Some sad of course, but mainly happiness. Happiness to know she was able to save people, she was able to provide what she's always strived for, always giving to others instead of herself; because that’s what moms do, right?”

At her recent wedding, Kristie released balloons in memory of her mother.

Donna was able to give the gift of sight. “My, what a powerful gift to give,” said Kristie. “To see the world and all its beauty is an amazing thing.”

Gold4web.jpg“She was able to give warmth (skin); sometimes the world can be very cold, metaphorically speaking,” Kristie added. “Last but not least my mother was able to provide life itself, with her liver.”

“She has provided more than just giving us three children the gift of life, she's provided a stranger with the same,” said Kristie. “My mother is not only our Hero, she's a strangers Hero too. Without her courage to give back, they might have not gotten a second chance at life like we all wish we could have.”

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