Living Proof

In the weeks after her daughter’s death, Laura Givens sat at her computer and typed a letter to someone she’d never met.  

Givens sent seven copies — one for her daughter’s heart, one for her liver, one for her lungs and one for each of her kidneys and eyes. She sent them anonymously, seeded with clues leading back to the girl with raven-black hair and four sacred Navajo mountains tattooed on her shoulder.

“Our daughter was 23 years old when she passed away so unexpectedly. We miss her greatly but await the day we will be reunified with her.”

“Her favorite number was #32. She loved the color blue. She had seven tattoos that represented her many glorious aspects.”


Photo credit: Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard

Austin Meek