Liver Transplant Recipient Makes Special Trip For Donor Dash

CBS DENVER | Andrea Flores
Julie Spear and Keith Stampley (credit: CBS)
DENVER (CBS4) – The 18th Annual Donor Dash 5K kicks off at Denver’s Washington Park Sunday.

On Friday a man traveled from Illinois to meet his organ donor’s mother. They’ll walk the event together, year’s after a liver transplant saved his life.

Julie Spear, of Boulder, lost her 19-year-old son, Evan Spear, two years ago.

Friday, she met her son’s liver transplant recipient for the first time.

“It was like (Evan) left a will,” Spear said.

Evan passed away on May 16, 2015, after a fatal accident south of Pueblo.

“A rancher’s bull got loose, walked two miles down a road, down an entrance ramp onto Interstate 25, and into the path of his car,” Spear said.

Two days later, Keith Stampley, a retired minister of 30 years from Alton, Illinois, was given the gift of life. Continue reading


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