Teen says heart donated from NC girl gave him ‘new chance at life’


CRAMERTON, N.C. (WBTV) — A teenage boy from Florida was in Gaston County Friday to help honor the life of a local teenager whose death gave him a new chance at life.

Destiny Stafford was 15 years old when she died last summer. She was riding her father’s horse when she was thrown off. As she was standing up to get back on the horse, she was kicked in the head. Her mom, Kelly, donated most of her daughter’s organs.

Brandon Hernandez was 17 years old when he got Destiny’s heart.

“Without receiving her heart, I wouldn’t be here today,” Brandon said.

He was in Cramerton for the inaugural Destiny Lives On Foundation Golf Tournament. The golf tournament is the first big fundraiser for the Destiny Lives On Foundation. The organization was started to help support organ donation.

Brandon called the decision to donate organs “incredibly important.” Continue reading
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