St. Luke's pays respectful tribute to organ donors who have passed

KTVB | Morgan Boydston
Walk of Respect
MERIDIAN -- In the wake of death and tragedy, organ donation provides hope and life for others.

St. Luke's staff began honoring that process with compassion through what they call the "walk of respect." The first display happened last year and was put on for a young man taken too soon, just one day after his 24th birthday.

Nearly a year after his unexpected death, Mark Hagen continues to give.

"He's a giver and he gave the ultimate gift and that was life," Mark's mother, Suzanne, said. "He's given life to other people. So we don't feel like Mark's life was a complete loss."

Mark had so much life ahead of him; he just graduated from the University of Idaho with a master's degree in accounting and was studying for his CPA exam before moving to Spokane for a new job.

Mark's brain had shut down, but his organs were still functioning. St. Luke's told the Hagens that their son had opted to be a donor.

"You're searching for some answers and trying to make some meaning out of the whole process and it's one of the things that made some sense, in a way," Mark's father, Gavin, told KTVB. Continue reading

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