St. Vincent Healthcare recognized for increasing tissue donations
Published one month ago by The Billings Gazette

Kim Shanks holds a photo of her son TJ Schreiner. Schreiner was killed in one-vehicle rollover in 2013, but as an organ tissue donor, helped 35 people.

Kim Shanks holds a photo of her son TJ Schreiner. Schreiner was killed in one-vehicle rollover in 2013, but as an organ tissue donor, helped 35 people.

Kim Shanks holds a photo of her son TJ Schreiner. Schreiner was killed in one-vehicle rollover in 2013, but as an organ tissue donor, helped 35 people.

Kim Shanks holds a photo of her son TJ Schreiner. Schreiner was killed in one-vehicle rollover in 2013, but as an organ tissue donor, helped 35 people.

T.J. Schreiner, with his fiery red hair and bright blue eyes, loved life.

“He lived every moment to the fullest,” his mom, Kim Shanks, said. “He was a risk-taker. He was a true friend.”

And even in his death, the 22-year-old Billings native gave life or health to 35 other people. Schreiner, a volunteer organ donor, was fatally injured in a single-vehicle crash on his way home from North Dakota to Billings for Christmas in 2013.

Initially taken to Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City, near where the rollover occurred, Schreiner was flown to St. Vincent Healthcare, where he died.

As tragic as that was, Shanks didn’t hesitate to agree to her son’s wish that his organs and tissue be shared with people around the world. Recipients live as close as Washington state and as far away as Saudi Arabia.

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