April is National Donate Life Month and a time to honor organ and tissue donors for giving the gift of life to patients awaiting transplants. Victoria Bolden is among those who will celebrate this important month. Victoria sees the gift of life from both sides. In July 2020, she and her husband, Anthony Bolden, got the call no parent wants to receive. Their son, Darrius Bolden, was a trauma patient at UF Health Jacksonville.
“Of course, we hoped for a miracle,” Victoria said. “Our son was only 28 years old and full of life with a young daughter and a baby boy on the way. Unfortunately, the doctors told us survival was not possible.”
Despite the terrible circumstances, Darrius still had the chance to give the gift of life. Terri McQuiddy, LifeQuest organ procurement coordinator, remembered the conversation she had with Victoria. Victoria was raised to not believe in organ donation, but after seeing her cousin’s life saved by an organ donor through a double lung transplant, she realized the importance of it.