Lubbock Boy Who Loved Superheroes Becomes Hero Himself

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Remembering Brolin Hardin

LUBBOCK, TX.  Most kids celebrate birthdays with treats, a party, and dressing up in a theme. Brolin Hardin's 5th birthday party had all of that; complete with balloons and a superhero theme.

But one key component to the celebration was missing: Brolin himself.

"When you experience something like this you feel very alone because you don't think that anyone can quite grasp the pain that you feel. But little tokens like that, little acts of service where people will remember your son, it means the world to me," his father John Hardin said.

Brolin died after falling into a pool during a family vacation to Dallas in October 2015. His drowning left his family in shock, but his parents found a silver lining in their grief. Brolin's organs, donated after his death, were able to save the lives of four people. His kidneys went to two men in their fifties, his liver went to a young boy, and his heart is now beating in the chest of a toddler in Florida.

"My ideal for that situation would be to watch them grow from afar. I don't want to feel like I have to be a part of their lives but I'd like to see the little pieces of him in the world," Brolin's mother Becky Hardin said.

The Hardins have received thousand of messages of support over the last six months. Continue reading, VIDEO
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