Shawn Wero

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Organ, Eye & Tissue Donor

Shawn Wero was a giving person and lived life to the fullest. He was gentle, strong and talented. He was quick to establish friendships; he was so helpful, always going the extra way to help someone. Shawn Wero truly was a gift not only to his family, his Navajo People, but even to strangers. After suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a fall, his final noble gesture was the donation of his organs. Inspired by his sister Sabrina’s donation of a kidney to their father, he knew it was a chance for others to keep their loved ones just a little while longer.

Shawn’s Story

Shawn Wero was a giving person and lived life to the fullest. He was a hard and fun worker. He was gentle, strong and talented. He was very informal, impromptu, and carefree. His smile was dynamic and mesmerizing. He was quick to establish friendships; he was so helpful, always going the extra way to help someone. All these qualities clearly reflect the beautiful human being Shawn was.

Shawn started his formal education in Bloomfield, N.M. His childhood and teen years were filled with constant companions of friends. He had a passion for sports. His hard work and commitment brought him recognition throughout his junior high and high school years. Shawn’s enthusiasm for baseball and football never left him.

Shawn Wero truly was a gift not only to his family, his Navajo People, but even to strangers. His final noble gesture was the donation of his organs. After suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a fall, he gave the gift of life so others would live. Shawn was inspired to be a donor by his sister Sabrina, who was a living donor of a kidney to their father. He knew it was a chance for others to keep their loved ones just a little while longer. He was not selfish; he was giving of himself, loving life.

The Wero Family

We met the Wero family in April of 2010 when Shawn Wero became an organ and tissue donor. Shawn had registered to be an organ donor on his driver’s license and his family was very supportive of his decision. Shawn’s father, George, had received a kidney transplant from Shawn’s youngest sister, Sabrina. The Wero family asked for Donate Life bracelets and pins to be passed out at Shawn’s memorial services in Farmington and Albuquerque.

The Wero family has been promoting donation in the Four Corners area since Shawn’s passing. They are Donate Life Ambassadors and were selected to represent New Mexico at the Rose Parade’s Donate Life Float with a floragraph. The Wero’s have participated in media interviews, presentations and events, such as the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow to share their donation and transplant story with the Native American community.

We had the opportunity to produce radio ads in Navajo, and were seeking volunteers who spoke the Navajo language. The Wero family volunteered. The ads were written in collaboration with the Wero family and other Native American volunteers. They were translated to Navajo and recorded by Priscilla Wero, Shawn’s mother. One ad shares Shawn’s donation story, the other ad share’s George’s transplant story.

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