Thoughts of a young hero

Sam Kelderman, right, competed in a Section 6A relay race on the Minnesota State University-Moorhead track in May, 2014. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal
Sam Kelderman's life ended in January, 2016 when the teenager died in a car accident north of Wadena.

Yet Kelderman continues to speak to his family, his friends, his classmates and his community. His mother, Kandi, recently posted a blog on the Tri-County Healthcare website which contained Sam's thoughts about what it is to be heroic.

Before he died, Kelderman went beyond words by checking an organ donation box on his driver's license indicating his wishes in the event of his death.

April is Donate Life Month. On average, 123,000 people are waiting for a transplant nationwide. 3,700 of these waiting people live in Minnesota. South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. 63 percent of registered drivers in Minnesota have chosen to "Outlive Themselves" and check the donor box when renewing their licenses or by registering online. Every day, 21 people die due to the donor shortage. Up to 60 people can be saved/helped by the generosity of one donor. Continue reading

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