CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- They've been co-workers for a year now, but there's a deeper connection between Nancy Jividen and John Shuman than just their jobs at the Walmart in Cross Lanes.
This fall, while Jividen attended the funeral for her 36-year-old son, Shane, Shuman was undergoing surgery to help him regain his vision -- with the help of one of Shane's corneas.
"Usually [John] starts crying when he comes to see me," Jividen said earlier this month. "He's just so appreciative of it. Just so thankful."
Shane Jividen, chief of the Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department, died after an all-terrain vehicle accident near Webster Springs in early September. He had been to the Bergoo Bash, an annual fundraising event for the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
No one is sure exactly what caused the wreck.
The evening of the accident, Shane's cousin told Nancy, Shane's four-wheeler wouldn't start and he was sitting on it by the road. A little later, the cousin drove by again and found Shane in a ditch by the road with his four-wheeler overturned on top of him.
Nancy Jividen and her daughter were watching a football game in Parkersburg, where Nancy's granddaughter is a cheerleader, when they heard that Shane had been airlifted to Charleston Area Medical Center.
"I know they sometimes HealthNet people who don't need to, so I thought, oh, he'll be OK," Nancy Jividen said.
Her son had three skull fractures and bleeding on his brain.
The accident happened on a Saturday evening. By the next evening, Sunday, Sept. 1, doctors determined he was brain-dead.
Shane was a parts technician for Rudd Equipment Co. He liked his four-wheeler, his racecar and his schnauzer, Chief Kudo. He liked to hunt and to watch WVU football.
Nancy jokingly refers to Shane as "hell on wheels," but then concedes, "He wasn't really that wild."
At the last WVU-Marshall football game, Shane and his cousin Shannon were kicked out of the stadium. Nancy isn't sure what the two men were doing to warrant it.
"It's hard to tell," she said, chuckling.
The Fire Department, where he started volunteering when he was 16 years old, was his life, Jividen said.
As his decision to be an organ donor might suggest, Shane was a very giving person, Nancy said.
After his death, Nancy found a restaurant receipt for nearly $300 in his wallet. He had treated his fellow firefighters to dinner while they planned the trip a few days before. He always picked up the bill, no matter what, Nancy Jividen said.
"He'd give you the shirt off his back and he'd say, 'Mom can I borrow [some money?]'" she said, laughing.
When someone dies, his or her organs can save up to eight lives, said Misty Enos, director of professional services and community outreach for the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.
A person's heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestines are life-saving donations. Corneas, tissue and skin can also be donated to enhance lives, Enos said.
The easiest way to register as a donor is to go to www.donatelifewv.org and sign up, Enos said. Registering there lets the state DMV know you're a donor. If you do, the next time you get your license renewed your license will reflect that, she said.