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Texas Families United By Life-Saving Gifts

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    (Published Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016)

    The family of a high school football player who died last year met four of his organ recipients Thursday in Dallas.

    Alto High School football player Cam'ron Matthews collapsed on the sidelines last October after suffering an aneurysm during the game.

    His parents said they didn't know Cam'ron had registered to be an organ donor until doctors told them after his death.

    They met the recipients of Cam'ron's lungs, kidney/pancreas and heart.

    "We are proud of him to know that he on his own would think to do something like this, to donate life and to give to someone else if he wasn't able to make it," said Ronnie Matthews, Cam'ron's father.

    The recipients are Charlie Robbins, heart recipient, Susan Sisco, left lung recipient, Ronnie Irwin, right lung recipient and Dana Hall, right kidney/pancreas recipient.

    "I pray that I can live up to them. They’ll never know how much it means for their son. I’m real thankful," said Robbins.

    "To see everyone standing on their own will, to be able to breath and being able to listen my son's heart, that's amazing," said Matthews.

    The donor family and recipients are in Dallas to attend a three-day Life Champion Conference hosted by Southwest Transplant Alliance, one of the largest organ donor programs in the country.

    The conference is being attended by healthcare professionals across Texas so they may continue to learn and be empowered to save lives through organ donation and transplantation.

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