Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
Brantley Griffin died over four months ago, but his legacy lives on thanks to being an organ donor. (Source: Griffin Family)
AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Four months ago, Brantley Griffin died after a firework exploded.
But that was not the end of the story.
Instead, Griffin's legacy continues -- thanks to a decision to become an organ donor.
Griffin's organs were used to save the lives of at least 8 people. But it was his kidney that has made the most impact to one family far from the humid air and slowed pace of the CSRA.
This is where Kiam's story comes into play. Kiam is a mother living in Georgia, originally from China, who needed a kidney.
For a decade, according to Kiam's daughter, Katherine, she has missed out on many important moments: missing her daughter's first day of college, her eventual graduation, and most unfortunately of all, her mother's last moments.
All those moments were in a letter written by Katherine to Griffin's family.
"These moments were the biggest regrets and a reminder of the disease," Katherine wrote.
But it was Griffin's kidney that gave Kiam a new lease on life, Katherine wrote.
"With this new kidney, she hopes to get better so she can go home to say her goodbyes to my grandmother, and to celebrate all those father's days she had missed out with my grandfather," Katherine wrote.
"She hopes to use this second chance to spend with her family and we are truly thankful to this miracle."
Kiam, who doesn't speak English, still wrote a letter to Griffin's family as well. She can now go home to China to visit her family with a clean bill of health.
Griffin's legacy also continues through a new non-profit charity his father, Matt Griffin, started called BG Strong Charities, Inc.
"Here's this lady born in a country of 3 billion people and Brantley is a perfect match for her," Griffin said. "It just shows that we're all one made in God's presence. It was truly amazing."
The charity will support Lifelink of Georgia and the Children's Hospital of Georgia.
The Griffins decided to use money from a GoFundMe started for Brantley to create the charity.
When the Griffins check to see how much was donated, they got the ultimate sign of approval.
"When I looked at it was -- Brantley's last football number was 5 -- and it stopped at $55,555."
BG Strong Charities will have an annual golf tournament every May to raise money and awareness for organ donation.
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