WACO (April 11, 2010)--A Central Texas family faced with a long season of sorrow is turning its pain into hope for other area families.
During the last three years, the Terral family has lost two of its sons: the first to a genetic disorder and the second to his own hand.
Last week, their eldest son, 14-year-old Eric committed suicide in the family home. Through all the questions that come with the pain of losing another son, the Terral's say one decision was easy, to donate Eric's organs.With each loss, the family made the decision to donate their son's organs, hoping through their pain, others would benefit.
The Terral's first had to make that decision in August 2007 after the death of their youngest son, 9-year-old Michael, who suffered from a rare genetic disorder.
Before Michael died, Dustin and Jennifer Terral believed Michael would benefit from an organ transplant. Following his death, the family decided to turn their grief into the gift of life to other families anxiously awaiting an organ transplant.
Since Michael’s death, the Terral's have become outspoken advocates for organ donation.
According to the website DonateLifeTexas.org, more than 7,000 people in Texas are waiting for organ donations.
As they deal with the loss, the Terral's say family and friends have stepped up to help.
A benefit concert is planned on April 24 for the Terral family at Rattlesnake Junction in Downtown Waco.