KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Michele DeMoss and her daughter, Blair, always found peace at church.
“We didn’t miss a Sunday,” DeMoss said.
Now, DeMoss also finds peace in 17-year-old Andrew Myers and what’s beating in chest.
“If I shut my eyes, I feel like Blair's in the room,” DeMoss said.
Two years ago, 11-year-old Blair Shanahan Lane was playing with pink sparklers on the Fourth of July.
But others were celebrating by firing a gun from as far as three football fields away, and a bullet found Blair, cutting her holiday celebration short. She died the next day.
Of the six organs Blair donated, her heart saved Andrew Myers's life.
This April, DeMoss and Andrew met on national television.
"I felt like Blair was in front of him like going ‘Come here, come here, meet my mom,’” DeMoss said.
Then she got to hear Blair's heart beating.
Now, Andrew and his family are in Kansas City to learn about the short life that gave him his back.
“To meet the mother of the heart I have in me is just crazy," Andrew said. “ I see it as a shared heart.”
DeMoss is working to push for stronger punishments for unlawful celebratory gunfire. Through what she calls "Blair's Law," she aims to make punishments stricter. She hopes lawmakers will bump up the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.
She is also helping keep the memory of her daughter alive through an organization called "Blair's Foster Socks." For more information, visit the organization's website here: http://bit.ly/19Tq5bE
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