Donate Life New Mexico Donor Services
“Knowing that four people are alive and that their families know joy and hope because of Joel Anthony is a tremendous comfort.” -Antoinette Suina.
Antoinette suffered an unthinkable loss when Joel Anthony, her son, died following a crash involving a speeding police car. In her tragedy, she thought of others and allowed Joel Anthony to become a donor hero saving the lives of 4 others through organ donation and helped many more through research and education.
Antoinette’s concern for the well-being and safety of others didn’t stop there. After a settlement was reached with the City of Albuquerque, she worked with Michael Geier, who was the city’s police chief at the time, to purchase a police driver training simulator to help prevent accidents like the one that killed her son.
“What’s important is that APD has a new tool to help prevent dangerous pursuits because of our collaboration with Chief Geier,” says Antoinette. “None of this would have happened if he had closed the door to doing the right thing.”
Now, following what is said to have been a “forced retirement” for Geier, Antoinette is speaking out on behalf of the man she says, “always tried to create positive change.”
We appreciate Antoinette’s advocacy for organ, eye and tissue donation and our community as a whole.