Billerica man's daughter lives in her gift of life -- a kidney -- to Texas boy

LOWELL SUN | Rick Sobey

BILLERICA -- Ernesto Vargas arrives in Billerica for the first time and is speechless.

The Texan is at Fox Hill Cemetery, staring at Kristen Corbett's gravestone that reads, "Live, laugh, love until we meet again."

Vargas never met the Billerica native who died in a 2009 Texas car crash, but he will always be connected to her. He was saved by her kidney.

"It's overwhelming," Vargas, 18, says at the Billerica cemetery Friday afternoon. "It's wow.

"To see the grave myself with my own eyes, it's very overwhelming," he adds.

Vargas is standing next to Kristen's father, Glenn Corbett, of Billerica, who had picked up the recent high-school graduate with a limousine at Logan Airport for a weekend reunion. Continue reading
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