Carolyn Fletcher is a resident of Wallingford CT and is employed at Yale University in the department of Surgery.
Carolyn became involved in volunteering with New England Donor Services after being approached by Community Outreach Coordinator, Mark Brevard to share her story about her amazing son Jerrell who was killed in an automobile accident. Jerrell gave the gift of life to numerous persons who are leading productive and healthy lives. As a donor mom, Carolyn knew of the importance of sharing her story to bring awareness of donation and transplantation throughout the community. Carolyn’s inspiring story has allowed her to attend many events, and also promote the importance of donation on various national media platforms. Her positive energy and devotion to her mission has taken her to various churches, schools, hospitals, and community events as well as radio and television interviews.
Carolyn had the privilege of honoring her son’s legacy at the 2016 Rose Bowl Parade, Team Mates in Life float, in Pasadena CA.
The experience enabled Carolyn to share with other families the impact their loved ones’ life has made to save another’s life. Her son Jerrell was also honored at a Floragraph Ceremony at Yale New Haven Hospital. Jerrell’s football team and past coaches attended this ceremony to honor him.
Carolyn has been such a positive advocate in the community for donation. She believes that if she can touch one person with her story, and educate them on the importance of becoming an organ donor her son’s light will forever shine. Carolyn truly believes the words of Maya Angelou, “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud or be the drop of water in the sea of hope that spreads goodness to many”.