Braxton Woods

When Braxton Woods was 10 years old, he went with his mother, Loretta, to the DMV. Braxton requested a Missouri identification card, and after learning what it means to be an organ, tissue and eye donor, he decided to join the registry.

Three years later, when Braxton was in a car accident and passed away, Loretta honored his wishes to become a donor.

“Knowing Braxton was a donor helped with the healing process and made me find a way to honor him,” Loretta said.

Loretta started an organization that encourages African Americans and Hispanics — who have the lowest donor registration numbers and the highest representation on the transplant waiting list — to register as organ donors. She works to dispel the misconception that clinicians won’t try to save a life because the patient is registered as a donor.

“If a 10-year-old can determine he wants to help someone in the event of his death, surely an adult can make that decision as well,” Loretta said.

Braxton Woods’ Family

Pictured clockwise from left: Braxton’s mother, Loretta; nephew Jacobe, Jr.; brother, Jacobe; and nephews Jayden and Jaylen Woods