IOWA CITY, Iowa-- An Eastern Iowa Family is speaking out in the wake of the tragic loss of their little boy in hopes of saving the lives of others. Ten year old Garret Brockway of Burlington died in February, three days after a tree in his families yard fell and hit him on the head.
In the wake of their grief his parents made the selfless decision to donate Garrett's organs and tissues, saving the lives of others.
When Garrett Brockway died, his organs saved the lives of 5 people.
His corneas and tissues enhanced the lives of many more.
His parents have found great comfort in that and are now encouraging others to register to give the gift of life.
"He was very athletic, full of life, his two favorite loves in life were Kit-Kats and the St. Louis Cardinals," said Tiffani Brockway, Garrett's Mom.
Though their 10 year son Garrett is gone, Bruce and Tiffani Brockway know he lives on in each of the people his organs helped saved.
"It's been a bright light in our lives and it brought some positive things out of a tragic situation," said Bruce Brockway, Garrett's Dad.
Two days after a freak accident left their son clinging to life at the University of Iowa Hospital, doctors told them Garrett couldn't be saved. Just minutes after receiving the devastating news, they decided to donate Garrett's organs
"Our feeling was if we can't save our son who else can we save," said TIffani.
At a time when most would be consumed with their own grief, the Brockway's turned their focus to helping others.
"In our hour of despair at the hospital we took great hope knowing families in despair themselves were getting calls of hope. Our prayers shifted from praying for Garrett to praying for his recipients," said Bruce.
Today five people have a second chance of life, thanks to this 10 year old little boy.
Bruce and Tiffani hope their son's gift of life will inspire others to give after they're gone.
The Brockways have already started a foundation in their sons name to raise money for the Iowa Donor Network and to help kids in their community.
For more information on how you can register to be an organ donor go to http://donatelife.net/