Ethan-Todd Brooks

Ethan-Todd Brooks

Donor Hero

“As long as his heart beats, he’s alive,” said Cierrah, sister of donor hero Ethan. 

Ethan was loving, caring, adventurous, free-spirited, funny, dedicated and courageous. He lived his life to the fullest. As his older sister, I thought Ethan was one of the most annoying people ever, but now, I know he did those things out of love. 

Ethan loved hanging out with friends, riding motorcycles, hunting and fishing. Ethan was a hard worker and at 19 was voted top car salesman at Honda and then went to Campbell Soup, where he was one of the highest-paid employees for his age. 

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2023, Ethan was in a motorcycle accident. He was riding with his friends and was ran off the road. Doctors said even though Ethan was wearing a helmet, he had severe brain trauma, swelling and bleeding and oxygen was no longer going to his brain. They had done all they could. 

I thought Ethan was going to be okay because he always was no matter what happened before this. I held onto faith that he was going to wake up. We were told to say our goodbyes. Preparing to say our goodbyes was the darkest moment of my life. 

An SHSC representative approached my dad about the possibility of organ, eye and tissue donation, and my dad pushed them away. In my family, we were always taught to say no to donation, but once I learned more about it, it felt right to say yes. It didn’t feel like there was any other option. 

I thought to myself, what if there was a child that he could save? Throughout that night and into the morning, we did our research and then went back to the hospital. Then we met with the We Are Sharing Hope SC support counselor and told her we’d like to donate Ethan’s corneas, heart, kidneys, and liver. Knowing that my worst day became somebody’s best day keeps me going. Our days are not good because we are missing my brother, but we know other people’s lives are improving because of the decision we made.