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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sevastopol celebrates Matthew West's life

GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE | Samantha Hernandez
Adam Baier, Sevastopol's middle and high school principal, embraced Aimee West, Matthew West's mother, after presenting the family with framed photos. (Photo: Samantha Hernandez/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

The constant drizzle and gray, cloudy sky did not deter people from attending the celebration of life picnic for Matthew West on Sunday.

Matthew died from Streptococcus pneumoniae, a strain of meningitis, in June. His parents, Aimee and Shawn West, made the heartbreaking decision to donate his organs. His heart went to a recipient in Indiana, the left kidney and pancreas went to a Wisconsin patient who had been on the transplant waiting list since September of 2012, and his right kidney was received by a patient in Illinois who had been on the waiting list since April 2016.

The Sevastopol School District spearheaded the celebration with the help of numerous area businesses, coaches and community members. It was held at the Sevastopol Town Park.

Sports played a big part in Sunday's celebration because of Matthew's love for football and wrestling. Continue reading
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