Warning: Distressing Images
Mason Bogard was given a final send-off before his organ donation.
Friends and family gathered for the teens Honor Walk as he was wheeled into surgery. The 15-year-old was found unresponsive at home on May 1. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, but his mother wrote that he wasn’t able to be saved.
“Shortly after we learned that there was nothing that should be done to bring Mason back, we talked about organ donation…” she stated in a Facebook post. “While we are devastated that we will never experience so many things with Mason again, we are able to find some comfort in the fact that Mason will save the lives of others. He would have wanted it this way. He was an extremely generous young man.”
Mason’s mom Joann says he died while trying a social media challenge, in which people try to choke themselves. The local coroner’s office say the cause of death is still under investigation and police say the game wasn’t mentioned when they first responded.
113,000+ people are on the national transplant waiting list as of January 2019. While each donor can potentially save up to eight lives, only 58% of U.S. adults are registered as organ donors.
Read more of the message Mason's family is sharing after his death here.