Organ recipients, donor's family meet for emotional get-together

Thanksgiving week is all about giving thanks and for the first time five families with a special connection finally got to meet each other.

On Nov. 21, 2015 Da’Quan Nichols-Cox, 14, passed away from injuries in a tragic car crash.

“It was very tough,” said Inica Nichols, Daquan’s mother. “He was a great son.”

The day he died she made a selfless decision to donate his organs during one of her worst moments.

Finally meeting for the first time, four of the families Da’Quan’s organs were given to met with Inica and her children for a Thanksgiving meal.

“It was great,” Inica said. “I was nervous, speechless.”

It was a day of thanks for Kerri Evensen. Her son Auden had liver and lung disease.

“It basically deteriorated his liver,” Evensen said. “We were walking a very thin line with him.”

“Her son will always be a hero to us and she will also because she’s the one who made it possible by saying yes to organ donation,” she also said. 

If it wasn’t for Da’Quan’s organ donation, 6-year-old Auden wouldn’t be the energetic, silly first grader who’s living his life to the fullest.

The day was all about appreciation for Daquan’s liver, heart and kidneys changed so many lives.

“They’re a part of our family now,” Evensen said. “She’ll be apart of our family now forever."

These families exchanged Facebook information and plan to stay in contact.

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