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Different Kind of Hero

Different Kind of Hero

Nicole Lester Nicole Lester’s life was cut tragically short in May 2016, but her story does not end there. A bright student and loving daughter and sister, Nicole was a registered organ and tissue donor when she passed away as a result of a car accident. 

Nicole graduated from Frontier High School in 2013 and attended Niagara County Community College. She was strong willed, independent and a protective big sister. She worked at Tim Hortons and loved her family – father Robert, mother Laura and siblings Kevin and Christina, music and Buffalo sports teams. 

Since her death, Nicole has helped over 45 people through the gift of her donation. These people will now live longer, healthier lives because of her gift. Her positive impact on these recipients and their loved ones will forever be remembered. 

To honor Nicole’s memory, the Nicole P. Lester Memorial Scholarship was established. This scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior at Frontier High School who has registered to become an organ donor. Her family also held the first annual Unyts blood drive in Nicole's memory in June of 2019.

“Frontier Central School is proud of its alumni and has chosen to highlight the accomplishments of our graduates by featuring them in the online Alumni Spotlight. This time we are honoring Nicole Lester, who is missed by all of the Frontier School Community, but will be remembered as a hero,” Dr. Richard J. Hughes, Frontier Superintendent said. 

Over 115,000 people in the United States are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, 10 percent of which reside in New York. If you would like to give the gift of life, register at