Independent Press | Barbara Rybolt
Roberto was 18 years old when he died 14 years ago. On Saturday, Dec. 10, members of his family gathered with some of the people who received Roberto’s donated organs. They met at the NJ Sharing Network headquarters in New Providence to create a floragraph, or portrait made from flowers and seeds, that will be on the Donate Life float in the annual parade.
Fourteen years ago, all Roberto’s mother Maria Perez knew was that her son was dead and her husband, Carlos, had agreed to donate their 18-year-old son’s organs.
"To be honest, I didn’t agree with him,” Maria said, but after thinking about what her son would have wanted and how it would help others, “an hour later, I agreed with him. He was such a healthy boy.”