Garrett’s organs save 5 lives, his corneas enhanced site for 2 more lives and his juvenile cartilage enhanced the lives of 125 more people. In total, Garrett impacted 132 lives throughout the United States and into Canada!
10 year old Garrett passes away at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, IA. Garrett’s “Gifts of Life” are matched to recipients where they will provide healing to those in desperate need.
March 19, 2013 | News of the organ recipients shines its first light in the Brockway’s home
Bruce and Tiffini receive the first information about Garrett’s recipients from Iowa Donor Network (IDN). The packet included brief bios and current status of the five organ recipients and also information regarding Garrett’s lung and cartilage donations. The following is a brief excerpt from these updates from IDN.
Garrett’s Right Kidney was received by 28 yr old man who is a student that has undergone dialysis 3 times a week since 2008. His recovery has gone well.
Garrett’s Left Kidney was received by 65 yr old man. He is married with 5 children and has undergone dialysis 3 times a week since 2011. He is home recovering.
Garrett’s Pancreas was received by a 43 yr old woman. She is married with 1 child and works for an insurance company. Her recovery has gone well.
Garrett’s Liver was received by a 14 yr old boy whose recovery has gone well. He has 3 sisters and the family sent a special message:“We are extremely grateful for this gift that has been given to our son, it will truly change his quality of life.”
Garrett’s Heart continues beating in the chest of a 14 yr old boy who is looking forward to returning to school.
Garrett’s Lungs went to the top Cystic Fibrosis research center. These were the youngest non-cystic fibrosis lungs the lab had ever received.
Garrett’s knee cartilage was recovered to promote healing for injuries brought on by physical activity and/or age.
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Through his passing, Garrett continued to help 132 people across the U.S. and Canada with his gifts of organ, cornea and tissue.
The Garrett M. Brockway Foundation was created in 2013 to honor Garrett’s ultimate sacrifice of organ and tissue donation as a result of his tragic death at the age of 10-years-old. Increasing awareness for the great need of organ donation is first and foremost goal of the foundation. In addition, the foundation will strive to make a positive impact on children’s lives through academic opportunities and athletic programs.