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Jul 19, 2014 5:26 PM by Press Release

Local hero's family welcomes organ recipients

LAFAYETTE - Only eleven months after the sudden and untimely death of their Joe, the family of Joseph "Joe Joe" Meyer will hear their son's heart beat for the first time. They will also meet the recipient of his kidneys and pancreas. On August 19, 2013, Jacobi Carter received Joe's heart, and Nathan Carl Harrison received Joe's kidney and pancreas.

Joe proudly served in the United States Navy for four years. He was a graduate of South Louisiana Community College and Louisiana Technical College, with a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology and FAA certifications qualifying him as an aviation mechanic. He was happily engaged for two years to the love of his life, Julie Shields. According to his family, Joe was extremely smart and passionate about his work. He was outgoing and "would give anyone the shirt off his back." After realizing her son's time here on Earth was finished, Joe's mom Jenny requested to speak to someone about Joe becoming an organ donor. She and Joe's fiancée Julie say, "It's something he would have wanted to do." Joe became a hero to three people who received his organs, and two others received sight through his corneas.


Kenner native, Jacobi Carter, suffered from a viral infection that attacked his heart. He became sick very quickly and was on the National Transplant Waiting List for less than one day when he received the call that would save his life! Jacobi was fourteen years old when he received Joe's heart. Nathan "Carl" Harrison, from Hughes Springs, TX, received Joe's kidney and pancreas. He had suffered from diabetes since he was seven years old, and at 38-years-old received his life-saving gifts from Joe. Thanks to Joe's family's selfless decision to say yes to donation, these two men, along with one other gentleman who received Joe's kidney and liver, are alive today!

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LOPA is a private, non-profit organization that exists to enhance and promote the recovery of organs and tissues for transplantation, increase awareness through education and outreach, and provide the vital services that support donor families.

For more information on donation visit www.lopa.org or call 1.800.521.GIVE (4483).

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