Two years ago, a young Montrose boy out to have fun on the Umcompaghre River was tragically killed.
However, through his death, he was able to give an important gift to people he never got the chance to meet, the gift of life.
For an 11-year-old Brandon Gomez lived an exciting life, name a sport, he played it, and his mother, Colleen Spurgeon, says his favorite activity was anything that involved water.
She called him, “My little tadpole.”
For the first time in two years, Spurgeon and Brandon’s sister Felicia visited the sight of his death to look back on that frantic afternoon.
In June of 2007, Brandon joined his family and friends to the river, for a day of fun floating down stream.
Felicia got ahead of them, and as Brandon and his mom headed towards a curve, they hit something submerging them both.
His mom floated to the top, but Brandon got his lifejacket stuck on nail protruding out of a railroad tie.
The nail kept his head forced under water.
His mother frantically tried to free him, but she couldn't free him in time.
Even through death Brandon has helped others to live on, at the scene of the tragedy, his mother agreed for him to be an organ donor.
A decision Felicia cherishes as she found out he has saved two lives with his heart, and gave another his big blue eyes to see.
Brandon's mom says if anything good could come from a day of panic and tragedy, at least there is some comfort that Brandon's heart still beats on.
Each year, about 500 thousand American lives are saved through organ and tissue donation, and more than fifteen hundred people in Colorado are waiting for a life–saving donation.
If you want to learn more about the organ and tissue donating process click on the link below for the Colorado Donor Registry.