Thetford Academy Graduate’s Gifts Celebrated

Valley News | By David Corriveau
From left, Jeff, Penny and Zoe Sirjane put the finishing touches on a portrait of organ and tissue donor Marley Sirjane, who died in a Nov. 2011 car accident, during a ceremony in Thetford, Vt., on November 27, 2015. Marley Sirjane's donations benefitted 59 people -- her portrait will be a part of the Donate Life Rose Parade float on New Year's Day. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

Thetford — By her senior year at Thetford Academy, Marley Sirjane knew two things for sure.

First, she wanted to spend her working life helping people in medical need.

Second, should she not live long enough to carry out that mission, she wanted to help people by donating her organs and tissue for transplants.

The interest in becoming a donor “really started around the age of 16,” her mother, Penny Sirjane, recalled last weekend. “She’d decided by 17.”
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