"A loss of a loved one, and certainly a donation doesn't take that away, but it does give people hope that their loved one somehow lives on in the recipient," said Nathan Howard, CEO and president of the Gift of Life Donor Program. "It really is a living legacy."
Tom Bestwick's legacy also lives on through others who received his other organs, including his kidneys, skin, bone and other tissues.
"This is what he wanted. We got a really nice letter from the recipient of one of his kidneys," said his son. "His liver and lungs went to science and I got his cornea."