One donor's story: Tom Duffy

  • Wayzata
  • Tissue , Eyes
  • Deceased Donor: 2005

Tom was the first born child in our family, arriving in March 1972. He was a terrific big brother to Mat, 1976, and Brianne, 1979, which helped made his transition into fatherhood seamless when his beloved Connor arrived in 1998 . We moved to several states in the USA and to Australia for 4 years, which instilled an interest in learning about people and their cultural diversities. He loved to travel and meeting people in all walks of life. He made friends easily and adapted to new environments very well. He experienced a lot of life in his 33 years

Family was very important to Tom, he particularly enjoyed his role as a father to his son Connor.  He loved music, motorcycles, and the ocean and had always dreamed of returning to Australia one day.

Tom became an organ donor when he got his driver’s license at age 16, and the idea of organ donation became more important after he was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 26. Tom felt it was important that he be able to do all he could after he was gone by continuing to help people through his gift of donation.  We are very proud that he thought of others at a very young age.

Tom Duffy