Family of teenage organ donor makes $10k donation to LOPA in her honor

The Taquino family donated a $10,000 check to LOPA in honor of their late daughter, Laci. She was an organ donor. Photo Credit: Corwin Hall - KLFY

After suffering a brain aneurysm at the age of 15 Laci Taquino passed away, but not before getting her learners permit. By choosing to put an organ donor heart symbol on her permit, she left a legacy, one her family has kept alive.

Laci Taquino was 15 when she passed away from a brain aneurysm nearly 10 years ago.
Laci Taquino was 15 when she passed away from a brain aneurysm nearly 10 years ago.

With a room full of laughter, you would have never known there was something missing from the Taquino family today.

“I would change all of this in a heartbeat to have Laci back, but it’s not the way it is and for me, it gives me a purpose of still being her mom.” said Lisa Taquino, Laci’s Mother.

It wasn’t a surprise to her family, when Laci decided to put the symbolic organ donor heart onto her license.

“when I took her to get her learners permit she walked out and that was the first thing I saw was that heart.”

After all her own heart, is was what her family remembers her by.

“When she got her learners permit she was really excited to show it to us because it was a good picture and we all saw the heart on her license.” said Lexi Taquino, Laci’s Sister.

After losing Laci nearly ten years ago, the Taquino family created Dance for a Life.

The fundraiser took place Novemebr 14, 2015.
The fundraiser took place Novemebr 14, 2015.

“It was Laci’s love, dance and cheer she loved it. So we thought it would be a cool way to honor her and raise money.” said Lisa Taquino

Like Laci, her family chose to give to others.

They donated a ten-thousand dollar check to LOPA, Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, with proceeds from the competition.

Lexi added, “To give them something back just means the world to us because they have done so much for us.”

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