Sweet Briar grad’s viral photo continues to inspire


SWEET BRIAR (WSLS 10) – Sweet Briar College graduate Meredith Haga wrote the words “I am here because of an organ donor” on her graduation cap. For her, nothing else could demonstrate the feelings of the day.

The Bristol, Va., native had no idea her cap would be featured in a photo album on the college’s Facebook page. She certainly could not have imagined how many people would see the picture.

As of Thursday morning, it had reached more than 1.32 million people, tallying more than 3,600 likes and 9,000 shares.

The attention is mind-blowing to Haga. She was 17 when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that attacked her kidneys. In October 2011, her kidneys failed and she spent nearly a year on dialysis.

“I sat in a dialysis chair and watched my life move on without me,” she recalled. “I knew that someone had to die so that I could live.” Continue reading

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