Fort Smith Teen Who Donated Tissue And Organs To Be Honored In Rose Parade

5 NEWS | Krystle Sherrell

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Fort Smith teen who died in 2012 is being remembered in the New Year's Day Rose Parade for helping better the lives of others through organ and tissue donation.

Austin Elder died when he was 19, a week after he fell off from a bluff i n Newton County, Ark. Dec. 8, 2012. His mother, Gina Elder said Austin was adamant about being an organ donor and declared himself an organ donor just a little more than a year before he died.

"He shared a lot of love while he was here in 19 years," Elder said. "It's just typical Austin style to wanna help in life and then in death. I'm glad he had, in this circumstance, the opportunity to help improve some lives."

Austin along with other organ donors from around the country will be featured on a float for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

"We have his floragraph that we placed on the Donate Life Float," Elder said. Continue reading


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