Victorville Daily Press | Lynnea Lombardo
His parents, Vince and Laura McKay, were devastated by the loss, but they took comfort that it was only the beginning of a legacy that would live on to surpass his 23 years.
McKay was a registered organ tissue donor, and his tragic death saved the lives of a number of individuals needing an organ or tissue donation.
“I was surprised at how many people are affected by organ and tissue donations,” Vince McKay said. “Dental work, burn victims, bone marrow transplants, breast cancer surgeries, corneal replacements, all these things can come from cadavers who were donors.”
To raise awareness about donation and funds for the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Registry, McKay’s family formed Team Mike in April 2009 and has been attending the annual Donate Life Run/Walk ever since.
Saturday, they will participate with thousands of others in the event at California State University, Fullerton. And this year, the family was chosen to be one of 10 families to release a dove at the start line.