SALT LAKE CITY — Friends of Brandon Curtis recently set the world record for registering 765 organ donors on a single day.
Curtis, a member of the Springville High School football team, died July 28 of injuries sustained in a Jeep rollover in the school parking lot a day earlier. Per his wishes, his family donated his organs for transplant.
Now, to honor Curtis and others who have given the gift of life, students from Utah's colleges and universities plan to establish another record Saturday for most organ donation registrations in one day in multiple locations. Saturday is national "Make a Difference Day."
Student representatives of the state's colleges and universities were joined by Curtis' "Closer than Brothers" friends at a news conference Tuesday at the state Capitol to announce the world record attempt. Curtis' friends were the driving force behind the single-day, single-location record set in Springville on Aug. 28.
To promote the upcoming event, three children of Sen. Margaret Dayton were in attendance to share how the issue of organ donation had touched their lives. Two of the Dayton children, Cindy and Joseph, as living donors, have each donated a kidney to siblings.
"Words cannot express the feeling of being part of that miracle," Cindy Dayton said.
Donors and recipients alike are healthy and living productive lives, the family members reported.
Gov. Gary Herbert signed a proclamation Tuesday honoring Curtis, the organ donation record set earlier in Springville and to recognize Saturday's "Closer than Brothers Utah Make a Difference Day."