'It's an affirmation of his life'; deceased Boulder man's liver saves another's life

DAILY CAMERA BOULDER NEWS | John Bear
Keith Stampley gives a big hug to Julie Spear after meeting her for the first time on Friday at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield. Stampley recieved a liver transplant that was donated by Julie's son Evan who died in a car accident. For more photos go to dailycamera.com Jeremy Papasso/ Staff ...
More than 119,000 people in the United States are currently awaiting an organ transplant, and 22 of them will die on any given day, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Keith Stampley is thankful that he is not among them, and he traveled to Broomfield from Alton, Ill. — home of the world's tallest man, he is proud to say — to show his thanks to the mother of the man whose liver has given him a new lease on life.

"I don't have any answers," Stampley said when asked by a television reporter how he felt after meeting Boulder resident Julie Spear at the lobby of the Omni Interlocken Resort on Friday afternoon.

"I'm so high right now," he said. "This is such a blessing from God."

Spear was also overcome with emotion upon meeting the one of the people who received organs from her son. The two spent several minutes hugging it out and proclaiming one another family.

Spear's 19-year-old son, Evan, was fatally injured following a car crash south of Pueblo in May 2015. He had been returning home to Boulder from University of Arizona, where he was majoring in business. He would have graduated this spring. Continue reading
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