Young life cut short, but 6 others saved

STANDARD SPEAKER | Amanda Christman
AMANDA CHRISTMAN / Staff Photo Clemie Yamona holds a photograph of her late great-grandson, Joel Mumaw, portraying Frank Sinatra. Joel died at age 6; through the Gift of Life program, he helped six others live.
HAZLETON — Though at 6 years old his life was cut short in a tragic crash, a young boy with ties to Hazleton was able to help others live.

That boy was Joel Anthony Mumaw, and the crash happened in New Mexico, according to his great-grandmother, Clemie Yamona, thousands of miles away, who wanted to share his story not for sympathy but to enlighten others about organ donation.

The child’s father who shares his name is Yamona’s grandson, son of the late Samuel Mumaw and Mary Lee Yamona Mumaw.

The younger Joel, his sister, Ariana, and their mother, Antoinette Suina, were traveling in a vehicle that collided with a police cruiser responding to a call in April.

Joel’s injuries were serious, Yamona said and he was placed on life support but passed away a few days later.

Yamona, 88, and her brother Anthony Tomaselli, 82, traveled to New Mexico after receiving word about the crash, passing through four different airports so they could say good-bye to him. Continue reading

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