Lacey Osina was a
senior honor student at Brock High School. Throughout her life,
she sought perfection in everything she attempted. By December
1998, she had already completed 7 hours of college with a 4.0
GPA. She was a starter for the Brock Lady Eagles Varsity
volleyball and basketball teams, a Varsity cheerleader, a member
of the Beta Society, and a yearbook staff member. She played the
leading role in the school district's 1998 Christmas program,
In junior high
school, Lacey did a research project for her English class
on "How to Become a Judge." She announced to her class that she
was some day going to be a member of the U.S. Supreme Court.
She never let go of that dream. She planned to attend Baylor
University upon graduation from high school and obtain a law
Lacey possessed so many talents. Her friends said that on the
outside she seemed so "blonde," but they always added that they
knew she was so much more. Earlier in the semester, she and
Staci Lee were elected as Brock High School's 1998 co-Homecoming
Queens. They both knew they were candidates, but were not able
to accept their crowns. A ceremony in their honor was held at
Brock High School the following semester.
asset was her natural ability to care so much about others. She
was a devoted and loving daughter and "the best big sister in
the world." In fulfillment of promise made to her by her mother
the day Lacey obtained her driver's license, Lacey was an organ
and tissue donor. Her heart and spirit live on eternally. She
is greatly missed.
February 10, 1999
Dear Donor Family
There are no words yet
created in this world that I use to express my sincere and
deepest appreciation and love. The unselfish gift of a human
heart that you have given me is the greatest of my lifetime.
Yet this is a moment of
sweet bitterness that I am experiencing with you in this time of
grief and sorrow. For I too realize that for me to have a new
heart with which to live, someone had to die for me. Only one
other person in my lifetime had died that I may live; and I rank
the previous owner of my new heart as second in rank to the good
For the past two years I
have had a very serious heart condition, and as time went on, my
life was deteriorating day by day. I was hospitalized for two
serious heart attacks--the emergency medical technicians had to
revive my heart twice. My heart was so damaged that most of the
doctors did not expect me to survive any length of time. By
last Thanksgiving I could hardly speak; too sick to receive a
heart pump; so I just put my life in God's hands praying for His
mercy and strength. For me those were the beginning of my final
hours on earth. On December 22nd I was notified by the hospital
staff that a heart was located for me. Too sick to talk, I
became aware that someone had given their heart to me in death.
I cried tears of grief because I realized that someone had the
love and affection for some unknown dying person, and willingly
gave this sacred gift of life to someone totally unknown to
them. I felt your pain and grief, yet it was seasoned with
gratitude and consolation. I only wish I could share your grief
and sorrow that must be in your heart, and let you know that I
too grieve for that one who died that I may live.
My wife and our two boys
will always and forever have you and your loved one in our
prayers--every day. I say this with guarded respect, that I
sincerely hope some day to meet with your family, only when you
feel the time is right, and only when you are ready for such a
meeting. I know already that you are a warm and beautiful
family to have shown your deepest love in the decision you make
for my benefit.
I am alive today, still
recovering and doing well, thanks to your love and compassion.
I do want you all to realize how aware I am that your difficult
decision has given me life again. There is no doubt in my mind
that God will bless and reward you all greatly.
I say "Thank You" with
all my love, gratitude, affection and prayers.