Alan’s legacy of helping others lives on with his donation.
Alan James Champagne was a compassionate man who loved to laugh and share laughter with others. He worked for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, helping many New Englanders find homes. Standing at 6-foot-6, he was known as “Big Al, the Tenants’ Pal.”
Alan felt a deep connection to nature, and he explored as much of it as he could. His adventure-driven life came to a sudden and tragic end at 57 when he suffered a fatal injury while skiing with his son.
His wife, Virginia, agreed to donate his organs and tissue — including his corneas, hoping it would give some one else an opportunity to experience life as fully as Alan did. “Alan would help anyone,” she says.
Weeks later, Virginia received a letter about the transplant recipients he helped. “It was a time of such loss and heartache, yet I knew he'd given so much to others. Alan's gifts live on in good health to others — what a wonderful legacy.”