Breaking News: Charlotte Woman Killed in Bicycle Crash Donates Record-Number of Organs, Gives Gift of Life to Dozens

February 19 , 2024

Charlotte, North Carolina – February 14, 2024 – According to WSOC-TV, Kristie Crowder helped the U.S. and the Carolinas reach a milestone by helping a record number of people through organ donations.

Kristie, who was 30 years old, died in January 2023 after she was hit on her bike in Plaza Midwood.

Now, her grieving family says their daughter’s legacy lives on in dozens of people through her donated organs.

People came to a mural in NoDa to honor Kristie Crowder on National Donor Day, leaving comments in a memory book. The pages are treasured by her parents, Pam and Buddy Crowder.

“I think that’s why she was loved by so many people because she was there for them in the good or the bad,” said her mother, Pam Crowder.

“While we miss her tremendously, someone else may get a few more years just because of Kristie’s donation,” Buddy Crowder said.

Kristie was one of more than 23,000 people to give the gift of life last year. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, that’s the most in U.S. history.

Her donated organs, cornea, and tissue saved or improved the lives of 58 people.

“She helped a 52-year-old man in North Carolina,” her mother said. “Then she helped a 52-year-old woman in Pennsylvania, and her heart beats for that woman.”

“It went to different places,” her father said. “It wasn’t just one area. She helped people across the U.S.”

The Crowders said that’s fitting since their daughter loved to travel.

“Someone that got her eyes can see the beauty and everything,” Pam Crowder said. “Someone that got her lungs will breathe fresh air.”

Kristie’s family said she registered to become an organ donor at the DMV. You, too, can register as a donor in North Carolina by the Donate Life North Carolina website.

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