By: Kara Duffy
April 11, 2013
Bainbridge, GA- June Faircloth from Bainbridge is on a mission; a mission to encourage others to give the gift of life, long after they are gone. A decision her son Dylan made without hesitation.
"Dylan was a self-designated organ donor," Faircloth said. "His youth Pastor said the day he got his license back, that he came into the church and said, 'Dylan Reid Faircloth The First will live forever now.'"
Tragically, 18-year-old Dylan's life ended far too soon. On July 2010 as he was driving back from church camp to celebrate his mother's birthday, he fell asleep at the wheel. Dylan did not survive the car crash.
"Dylan was an awesome guy. He was just full of life, very bubbly, loved people and just loved to experience new things," Faircloth said.
Faircloth said even through the heartache, she knew that other people would have a second chance at life because of Dylan.
"I know two moms have received his kidneys and they are both doing well," she said. "A 13-year-old boy in Dubai has Dylan's cornea. The one lung that they were able to use was given to an accountant in Florida who had cystic fibrosis and this was his second transplant, but he's doing well. He just went to Spain with his family last year!"
One recipient, however, Faircloth has developed a special bond with. It's Stan Gann. The man who received Dylan’s heart.
"Just to know that your child lives on in others, is just a phenomenal thing and to know that this man's life was sparred; he was dying. And to see him hold his new grand baby is just an awesome feeling," she said.
With April being National Donate Life month, Faircloth, who's now a T.A.G. representative for LifeLink of Georgia, says the most important thing is for people to be educated.
"There's a lot of myth's that people don't understand; a fear of death. I want to make sure that everybody gets educated. I want to start in the elementary schools just so that people aren't afraid of the word and that they understand organ donation better," she said.
Faircloth says it was Dylan's educated decision, that has allowed, 'Dylan Reid Faircloth The First to live on forever now.'
For more information on organ donation go to www.donatelifegeorgia.org.