Bloomington Family Works to Give Gift of Hope After Tragedy

Bloomington Family Works to Give Gift of Hope After Tragedy

NORMAL - Gift of Hope officials say an individual can help up to nine people, through donations of major organs.
NORMAL - A Bloomington family is working to give the gift of life, after tragedy.

According to the McLean County Coroner, 37-year-old Darrin Conder fell nearly 12 feet while working on the siding of a house in Normal Monday afternoon. Conder passed away at OSF hospital on Tuesday. A preliminary autopsy shows that he died from skull and brain injuries.

After his death, the family has decided to donate his organs to the Gift of Hope program.

OSF has had a partnership with the Gift of Hope, since it started in 1987.

Gift of Hope officials say an individual can help up to nine people, through donations of major organs.

Typically, the donations stay in the Central Illinois area, but sometimes go even further.

OSF officials say it's a relationship they're proud to be part of.

"OSF Ministry is just very passionate about this cause. Gift of Hope can show their mission of serving as many people as they can through organ and tissue donation, and it just shows that something good can sometimes come out of such a tragic situation,” said Valerie Hawkins, a spokesperson for OSF.

If you're interested in helping with the Gift of Hope, click here.

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