WEST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The program is called Sean’s Gift, and it helps family members of organ donors.
Marie Lapersonerie had tears in her eyes as she talked about her son, Sean.READ MORE: Sofia LaSpina, 15, Makes History As First Female Varsity High School Football Player To Score A Touchdown On Long Island
“He was a really good kid with a big heart,” Marie told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.
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Sean, a 24-year-old veteran who served 14 months in Iraq, died on New Year’s Eve 2011 after a car crash. Marie said that before his organs were donated — saving the lives of three people — her friend gave her a handmade blanket, which was placed on Sean at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.
“I snuggled up next to him and closed my eyes for a minute,” Marie said, “and I knew that was going to be my memory forever.”
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