Something unexpected spawned from this death, though, a beautiful and close friendship between David's parents and the recipient of David's lungs. The two couples now consider each other family.
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One year ago, Jo and Spencer Moore learned that their son, IMPD Officer, David Moore was not going to recover.
"Last year at this time he was in the hospital and basically was dying," Spencer Moore said.
Meantime, across town, Lance and Cathy Lewis, like the rest of the community, were sympathetically watching the awful story play out on TV.
Lance had been waiting for a lung transplant for more than a decade but it didn't initially occur to him that David Moore might be a match.
"As you follow it day by day, when they decided to do the donation, that's when you think about it," Lance Lewis said.
Lance has a genetic condition that led to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. Doctors had told him 12 years prior that he had the lungs of an 80-year-old.
"You don't spend 12 years going to bed praying that somebody will die so you can have lungs, you just pray that God will bless you with the chance to live," Cathy said.
God answered that prayer and not only were the lungs a match, so were the families.
"The old saying is that when God closes a door, he opens a window and this is the window and we just can't say enough about it," Spencer Moore said.
When the Moores reached out to the Lewis family to tell them Lance had David's lung, they became instant friends, something that is very uncommon among donor and recipient families. They now get together at least once a week for a meal and they talk, text or email every day, Spencer said.
"They made us feel like it was okay for us to have those lungs immediately," Cathy Lewis said.
"Now he's as much a part of our family as anybody and truthfully, you don't look at him and think that's David's part in there, no that's Lance. Lance is who he is. David was able to provide him with some help at a time when he needed it," Spencer Moore said.