My name is Lisa…I’m the one that loves Cindy with all my heart and soul. I’m her big sister. Cindy has been in heaven since July 2019. Though she is missed every day, I am happy and thankful that the recipients of her gifts can now see.
Cindy was a hard worker. She worked with the public all her short life as a waitress and made 99.9% of all her customers happy. She was very good at her job. She was well-liked and became very close with some of her customers. Any chance my sister would get, she’d sneak her tiny little feet my way for foot rubs and to have her feet squeezed tight.
My sister loved visiting with family and friends. Though she worked many weekends and holidays, all family gatherings made her very happy. She was born a twin. Her twin sister, Mary, lived to be one month old. Cindy has three older brothers (Jeff, Ron & Ken) and me (Lisa) and her favorite brother-in-law (Jeffrey).
Cindy was known to love a cold beer, loved puzzles, crosswords, and the Packers. Cynthia was also a Jeopardy queen. She would just rattle off the answers before the players. Cindy watched and played the game daily.
Cindy lost her life to breast cancer. She was only 55 years young and was two months shy of a long 5-year battle of trying and fighting to beat cancer. Cancer is a devastating word, to say the least, and Cindy wouldn’t wish this on anyone. With all the chemotherapy (nasty poison we called it) being pumped into her body, she figured that donating any organs was out of the question. We got home late from the hospital after my courageous, beautiful, amazing little sister Cindy had died when our phone rang. I almost didn’t pick up. I had nothing left in me. The loss of my sister was all I could bear. For some reason, I picked up, and I thank Cindy for that. The phone call was from Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. It was a sad, sweet, and kind conversation. It was explained to me that Cindy could be an eye donor; we didn’t know breast cancer doesn’t affect the corneas and the chemotherapy treatments would not impact donation. I was my sister’s voice that night to say YES.
My brothers and I find comfort in knowing she is reunited with our Mom and Dad and many other loved ones we’ve lost along the way. I’m so thankful that she was able to donate and give the gift of sight to allow someone else to see. It fills my heart that she could do that. I wish the recipients of her gifts well. I know in my heart of heart that my sister Cindy is honored.