Janine Brawer

Janine Brawer
Donated at Age 17

“Just because I am 17, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to sign up to be an organ donor.”

"Two years ago today, we were a typical family – mom Robin, dad Sandy, sons Jason and Seth, and daughter Janine.  All that changed with one phone call the next day."

Robin and Sandy Brawer share how their daughter, Janine, gave the gift of life.  Janine had been struck by a car while crossing the street leaving school. She was 17. She was taken to the trauma center at Staten Island hospital and on the third day, the family was told she was close to brain death. "That’s when I remembered an incident that had occurred just a few months before, in August", says her mom Robin.

"Janine had finally passed her road test, and was excited when her driver’s license arrived in the mail. She tore open the envelope, and a small card fell out.  When she read it, she became enraged. 'Just because I’m 17 doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to sign up to be an organ donor.' Flippantly, I answered that if she died, I would make sure her organs were donated. Little did I know that a mere three months later, I would honor that promise."