Randle man who donated heart honored by Gov. Inslee at ceremony in Olympia

The Daily News | By Lauren Kronebusch

Heart transplant recipient Keilah Hansford, left, stands to applaud families of organ donors, including Steve and Patty Craig, whose son’s heart now sustains Hansford. Photo: Bill Wagner

Inside a cramped room at the state Capitol Building on Thursday, five people sat together in a row of chairs.

They were united by life and death.

As they listened to a list of the names of Washington’s 2015 organ donors during the annual Gift of Life ceremony, they quietly wiped away tears.

The first two people in the row were Patty and Steve Craig. They’re the parents of 20-year-old Raymond Craig, who died after an October car accident in Pierce County. They cried together as they celebrated Raymond’s life, a piece of which was given to the woman sitting at Steve’s right.

Keilah Hansford received Raymond’s heart three days after he died. At 28 years old, the Longview mother of three had been dying from heart failure. Continue reading