On April 20, 1999, Kacey was one of several high school students involved in the tragic shootings that took place at Columbine High School. Kacey survived, but had severe damage to her right hand, arm and shoulder as a result of a single shotgun blast.
Kacey’s injuries would most often have lead to amputation and doctors thought that course of treatment would be inevitable. That was until Dr. Ross Wilkins, Medical Director of the Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk, suggested using allograft tissue to replace the shattered part of Kacey’s shoulder, and using what muscle and skin she had remaining to rebuild her shoulder joint.
Nearly 15 years and multiple surgeries later, though she has very limited use of her right arm, Kacey leads what she considers a “mostly normal life” and continues to be thankful for the gift of donated tissue that made that possible. In December of 2004, Kacey’s long-time boyfriend, Patrick, proposed to her during her participation as a float rider on the 2005 Donate Life Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Kacey is regularly involved in advocacy activities surrounding tissue donation.
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