KRQE | Celina Westervelt
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) -
A New Mexico family celebrated the life of an 18-year-old on Saturday who died because of drug use, but his death brought life to a handful of others.
Patrick Martinez, 18, died in 2009 after slipping into a coma following repeated heroin use.
The Eldorado High School graduate loved to golf and snowboard according to his mother. His friends say he was an energetic and hopeful person who always pushed them to succeed.
To honor his memory and final whish, they gathered at a park in the Northeast Heights where a tree was planted in Patrick's honor. They prayed, released balloons and exclaimed how Patrick will always be remembered for his final gift. The gift of life.
Patrick chose to donate his organs before he died, and with April being Donate Life month to promote organ donation, supporters say it's the perfect time to spotlight his story.