Medford organ donor featured on touring quilt


Dolores Cadwallader says she's touched that her late son, Nathan, is remembered on a touring quilt honoring those whose donated organs saved others' lives. Mail Tribune file photo
With his life cut short at 17 years, Nathan Cadwallader would miss out on a lifetime of milestones.

His mom, Dolores Cadwallader, remembers one he looked forward to: getting his license and becoming an organ donor.

After Nathan was struck and killed by a truck while trying to cross Delta Waters in July 2011, donating his organs brought his parents a small measure of comfort. They said they felt they were helping him do something he had wanted to do.

Nathan is one of more than a dozen Southern Oregonians represented on this year's Threads of Life Quilt, a project by Donate Life Northwest, an outreach organization that promotes organ donation.

The quilt, in its 18th year, features squares that depict the stories of organ donors, recipients and families affected by organ donation.

Dolores Cadwallader said a simple moment, weeks before Nathan died, prompted the family to agree to donating the teen's organs. Continue reading 

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