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Schools Honor Memory of Former Students through Donation

posted Apr 27, 2016, 10:06 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 27, 2016, 10:18 AM ]
She had a number of profound physical challenges, but smiling was not one of them. He, too, had a thousand-watt smile and seemingly had not a care in the world. However, for teenagers Kayla Grayson and Levy Acatitla, life erected unexpected roadblocks that their bodies could not overcome. A few months ago, these two sweet and loving teenagers succumbed to sudden and unexpected brain trauma, leaving behind grieving family and friends. However, their families, in their time of heartache, made the brave and unselfish choice to give the gift of life to others through organ donation. Recently, the faculty and staff of Seneca Middle School and Seneca High School raised money by paying to wear blue jeans and donated $551 to Donate Life South Carolina in the memory of these remarkable former students. Donate Life South Carolina is a nonprofit organization that maintains the South Carolina Donor Registry and is dedicated to saving the lives of the many South Carolinians awaiting life-saving transplants.

Kayla’s mother, Tonya Collins, said of the fundraising efforts, “Words fail me as I attempt to express how thankful I am that the faculty and staff of these schools chose to honor my daughter Kayla by holding a fundraiser in her honor for Donate Life SC. I consider it an honor and take comfort knowing she is remembered not only by her family, but also her Bobcat family. We miss our sweet girl more than words can express, and knowing Kayla's life has made such a profound impact on so many amazes me, and I am proud to have the honor of being her mother. The money raised will go to help those waiting for their gift of life, and also help raise awareness of just how important it is to be an organ and tissue donor.”