Man's kidney donation saves stranger, memorializes brother


SALT LAKE CITY — Mary Alice Garza creates stunning works of art with delicate brushstrokes and skillful composition. But Garza, 32, who has autism and struggles to speak, was very, very sick.

"It just seems like such a miracle with all the details finely knit together," said Stacey Phillips, Garza's mother, who lives in Boise.

It took a boy's generosity, a family's tragedy and a brother's love to heal her.

"I made a dedication to my brother," said Cameron Norcross, 26, a kidney donor.

Norcross donated his kidney to Garza in honor of his little brother Tyson Ullibari, who died suddenly at age 18. Tyson was an organ donor, and his organs saved six people.

"It was really hard when he passed away, so I'm happy I get to share in the experience he had to help save some lives," Norcross said. Continue reading


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