Quantcast

Two local families connected through organ donation - KOAM TV 7

Two local families connected through organ donation

Updated:
A celebration of life binds united two local families. The two families were brought together by the gift of an organ donation. And at the Celebration of Life event at Joplin's Freeman Hospital, brought them together, once again.

"If God told you...I have a precious little boy for you, but you can only have him for 7 years...would you take him?" Phyllis Sanders says.
These words were told to her son, who was the father of 7 year old Collin Sanders.
Collin passed away in 2002, But his legacy still lives on...in Jacob Smirl, of Girard, KS.

"I used to have this donate life dog chain that I would wear to basketball games, and I felt like it was my good luck charm." Jacob Smirl says.


Due to injuries sustained in a car accident, Collin's family made the decision to take him off life support and donate his organs.
At just 20 months...Jacob was diagnosed with a liver disease, requiring a transplant.
Collin was a match...and his donated liver made the journey from Colorado, to Kansas where it was given to Jacob.

"We can't say thank you enough to them. We can say thank you everyday to them, but we can't bring Collin back, and in order to honor his life and honor him, and other people go "look what Collin did for Jacob" and when their time comes or for a family member they could be honored and proud." Alice Smirl, Jacob's mother explains.

At the celebration of life banquet, donor families and recipients honor one another for the gifts that nobody can replace.

"You can be an organ donor with your heart, your lung, your kidneys, your liver, your pancreas, skin, tissue, eye, bone...there are so many gifts that one person can provide." Roxanna Estes, a Freeman Health System Registered Nurse explains.


Now at 11 years old, Jacob is happy and healthy.
He enjoys playing basketball, video games, and golfing.
And his family says none of that would be possible without Collin's gift.
Sanders says while Collin's passing wasn't easy, she's thankful she has a new grandson through Jacob.

"I'm just blessed to be able to know who got part of him, so that I can be a part of his life now too." Sanders says.


Collin's parents and siblings still live in Colorado but his extended family lives in Carl Junction, Missouri.
Jacob and his family continue to keep in touch with them.

If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, click this link for more information.
Or visit the Midwest Transplant Network website for more information.




  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Missouri Lawmakers Make Case to Bring New Amazon Headquarters to "Show Me State"

    Missouri Lawmakers Make Case to Bring New Amazon Headquarters to "Show Me State"

    Monday, October 16 2017 10:23 PM EDT2017-10-17 02:23:12 GMT

    St. Louis and Kansas are vying to be the home of Amazon HQ2, a more than $5 billion project from the online retailer.

    More >>

    St. Louis and Kansas are vying to be the home of Amazon HQ2, a more than $5 billion project from the online retailer.

    More >>
  • Donald Trump Jr. to Campaign for KS Governor Candidate

    Donald Trump Jr. to Campaign for KS Governor Candidate

    Monday, October 16 2017 10:17 PM EDT2017-10-17 02:17:29 GMT
    Kris KobachKris Kobach

    Kris Kobach announced today that Donald Trump Jr. will be in Kansas on November 28th for a campaign fundraiser.

    More >>

    Kris Kobach announced today that Donald Trump Jr. will be in Kansas on November 28th for a campaign fundraiser.

    More >>
  • Joplin Schools Wait for Response From FEMA

    Joplin Schools Wait for Response From FEMA

    Monday, October 16 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-10-17 00:51:22 GMT
    Less than 6 months after the Joplin tornado, the Joplin School District started rebuilding their schools. Now, the school district is still trying to come to a funding agreement with FEMA. "FEMA will only replace the value of what was lost, not the added value of the extra room and space that we rebuilt" says Joplin School Board President Jeff Koch. The Joplin School District has already paid for the rebuilding projects. But FEMA is a reimbursement agency that pays...More >>
    Less than 6 months after the Joplin tornado, the Joplin School District started rebuilding their schools. Now, the school district is still trying to come to a funding agreement with FEMA. "FEMA will only replace the value of what was lost, not the added value of the extra room and space that we rebuilt" says Joplin School Board President Jeff Koch. The Joplin School District has already paid for the rebuilding projects. But FEMA is a reimbursement agency that pays...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.