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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Goshen teen lives on through organ donations to several strangers

Jennifer Dolphin, who received Luke's liver, stands with her husband, Billy, and her daughter, Mackenzie, after finishing the Luke Lives On 5K race in Goshen on Sunday. For a photo gallery, go to recordonline.com ALLYSE PULLIAM/FOR THE TIMES HERALD-RECORD
TIMES HERALD-RECORD | Gittel Evangelist

GOSHEN – It was a devastating accident last July that took him away, but it was his unselfish gift to others after his death that keeps Luke O’Connor’s spirit alive today.

Nearly 1,000 people came out in the blistering heat Sunday morning to celebrate the life of the 16-year-old Goshen High School student – and the lives of those he saved by donating his organs – at the Luke Lives On 5K race in the Village of Goshen.

The event raised well over $20,000. The money will go partly to a scholarship fund set up by Luke’s parents, Charlotte and Randy O’Connor, and to Donate Life, an organization dedicated to advancing the cause of organ donation.

Luke died July 14 in a car crash in the Town of Warwick, along with classmates Paul VanDoran and Antonio Baglivo.

The three boys and another classmate, Claudia Krebs, were out for a driver’s education lesson with an instructor when their car was struck by a truck at the intersection of County Routes 1A and 41. Krebs, the driver, survived, as did the instructor. Continue reading
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