At the beginning of the summer we posted Kate Gallaher’s story and her parents’ establishment of a scholarship in her memory. Since then, Kate’s organs were successfully donated to save three lives. Colorado Springs newspaper, the Gazette interviewed Kate’s parents, Mark and Gail:
Kate Gallagher was a graduate of Air Academy High School, engaged to be married and studying early childhood development at Pikes Peak Community College. She had a special way with children, who seemed magically drawn to her – the one grownup in the room who, kids could tell, would be game for whatever.
Kate would drop to the floor to play with them, despite the constant pain in her abdomen and the swelling in her legs. Complaining was never her way. In 2005, when she was a high school senior, Kate was diagnosed with a liver disease called Budd-Chiari syndrome. Clogs in the hepatic veins had irreparably damaged her liver, and in 2009, she was placed on the liver transplant list at University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.
“We knew when Kate got a transplant it would be difficult, but she just accepted all that,” said her mother, Gail. “We met donor families and recipient families. I thought how brave they were to go out in public and talk about their loved ones. At that time, I never realized that the tables would be turned and Kate wouldn’t be a recipient, but a donor.”