Garrett Brockway

Ten-year-old Garrett Brockway was a fun, caring and giving boy whose smile and humor brought joy to those around him. He was known by his classmates as a friend who would stand up for others, who would make sure the younger children were included in games and would strive to do his best. He was an active boy who enjoyed many activities including baseball, soccer, basketball, Tae Kwon Do, Cub Scouts, youth triathlons, running 5K races with his parents and playing games with his little sister, Adeline. He was also a huge fan of Star Wars, Legos, Kit Kat candy bars, and most of all, the St. Louis Cardinals.

On a snowy day in February 2013, Garrett was struck by a falling tree while helping his father on their property. Three days later, he died from the injuries he suffered. Knowing Garrett’s willingness to help others, we, Bruce and Tiffini, chose organ donation so that others could be helped through Garrett’s gifts. Feeling great despair with the loss of our son, we felt that organ donation was a special way Garrett could bring much needed hope to families who were in similar despair.

Soon after Garrett’s death, we began receiving news of the impact his gifts were having in so many lives. Each letter brought a special light into our home during an otherwise dark time.

Garrett’s gifts helped restore site to a 10-year-old girl and a 63-year-old grandmother through cornea transplants. His heart was able to bring much needed hope to a 14-year-old boy. His kidneys went to a 28-year-old student and a 65-year-old man who was a perfect match. His liver went to a 14-year-old boy and his pancreas to a 43-year-old wife and mother. Through tissue donation, Garrett was able to help a 14-year-old boy who suffered chronic knee pain, a 54-year-old grandfather, and a female police officer who was injured in the line of duty.

Choosing organ donation has been a blessing to us as we see Garrett’s legacy live on in the lives of others. Learning how these special gifts have improved so many lives makes us very proud of our son and gives us great joy.

Donation has been a source of healing for us as well. In the beginning, Garrett’s passing brought tremendous despair in our lives. But we soon realized that by choosing organ donation, Garrett was providing hope to many families who were suffering a similar despair as they watched the health of their loved ones decline. We began to share in this hope as we learned of the wonderful lives that were changed through Garrett’s generosity.

We never had the opportunity to speak with Garrett about organ donation but we know what a caring and giving child he was. We watched him as he volunteered at our local food pantry, gave toys to children in need and cared for his little sister, Adeline. Garrett was concerned with those around him and wanted to make their lives better. Organ donation was a perfect fit for a boy with such a giving heart.

In his 10 short years, Garrett took on many roles including son, grandson, big brother, cousin, Christian and friend. But most importantly, he took on the role of hero when he became an organ donor and a giver of life.

We don’t believe Garrett would have accepted the title of “hero” but we know it would have brought him tremendous joy knowing how he was able to help others in such a beautiful way. 

Testimonial provided by Tiffini and Bruce Brockway, Garrett's mom and dad 

Our Vision:

All are inspired to donate life.