The Advertiser | Kris Wartelle
He was a friendly young man who loved playing music. At 22, he was excited to hear his sister would be having a baby and he would become an uncle. Then, in 2007, Matt was in a horrible accident at work and suffered a traumatic brain injury. A few days later he was dead.
"All I could think was he is going to be all right," Yvonne said. "I was thinking we'd have to go through rehab but I never thought he wouldn't make it."
The Cormiers said when they were asked about Matt being an organ donor, they said yes in the hopes that something good would come out of the horrible tragedy. A few days later, Yvonne found Matt's driver's license and noticed he had signed up to be an organ donor.
They didn't know it at the time, but shortly after they had agreed to donate Matt's organs, 62-year-old Jeff Smyth of Texas received a new heart that saved his life.