Mom of East Bay organ donor reunited with grateful recipient

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) -- The mother of a young Contra Costa County woman who became a heart and kidney donor when she died three years ago was reunited this week with the man who received her daughter's organs.

Tom Goss, 54, attended a reception Thursday at San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center to express his gratitude for the life giving gifts he received.

"A gift was given to me and I need to take it and do the best I can with it," he said.

Kate Hopkins was an athletic college student from Martinez who died during a skateboarding accident in Yosemite National Park three years ago. She was just 20 years old.

"I will always carry the grief of losing my daughter," said her mother, Jackie Hopkins. "But my intent is to balance the grief with the good she did."

Two years before she died, Kate decided she wanted to donate her organs in case something happened but she never thought her decision would have an immediate impact on her life or anyone else's. When Kate passed, Goss was very sick, suffering from congenital heart failure and kidney disease. Continue reading
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