Because of Jacob McCollum, five people have a 2nd chance at life


Jacob McCollum never got a chance to fully blossom.

He was gone much too soon for that.

But what happened after his tragic death earlier this year at age 14 was life for others, a chance for them to bloom in his place. Where there was a single flower now are five, and they will continue to grow in their own vibrant gardens.

McCollum was an organ donor.

His heart pumps for a 15-year-old boy in Ohio. His lungs are breathing for a 52-year-old man in Pennsylvania. His kidneys are working for two men, ages 48 and 52, here in South Carolina. His liver is functioning for a 61-year-old woman also in this state.

Tuesday morning at Fairforest Middle School, where McCollum brightened the hallways until his dirt bike accident last February, there was a special ceremony, organized by Lifepoint and Donate Life South Carolina, to honor his memory. Continue reading
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