Enterprise teen honored by Alabama organization

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) - Andrew Workman died in 2014 at the age of 19 after suffering a series of seizures.

"One of the easy decisions that we were able to make was organ donation” said Deana Workman, Andrew's mother.

Deana believes it would be wrong not to be an organ donor.

“We can’t take it with us. It’s got to go and live on in somebody else.”

Legacy of Hope has chosen to sponsor the Workman family for their son Andrew.

Director of Education, Ann Rayburn says "today is an opportunity for his parents to celebrate and honor him.”

The organization has been sponsoring families, like the Workmans, for the last nine years; flying them to Pasadena, California to participate in the Rose Parade.

“We actually have his portrait that’s going to be on the float and they’re going to get to finish his eyebrows so that they can actually take part in that.”

Legacy of Hope wants organ donors and their families to know they are appreciated.

“we just felt like it was a really beautiful way to acknowledge what they’ve done, raise awareness about donation, and really Andrew, while he’s one person, he’s representing all the donors from our state and how grateful we are for their gifts" Rayburn said.

Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare.

Andrew's father, Mark said “it left a hole in me.”

But to the Workmans, knowing Andrews organs helped saved three lives gives them some comfort.

“Look what he did in the long run. He helped people. He made a difference, and that’s what i want. I want people to know that, you know what, you can make mistakes, you can have problems, but you can help other people" Mr. Workman said.

Andrew’s portrait will be displayed in the Rose Parade on January 1st in Pasadena.

For information on how you can become an organ donor, visit www.donatelife.net.



 
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