30 Stories in 30 Days: A Young Superhero’s Gifts

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Dylan “Deeder” Richardson was a typical seven-year-old boy who loved superheroes, especially Spider-Man. He also loved SpongeBob SquarePants, Star Wars, baseball, riding his bike and playing with friends. But in July 2007, Dylan was in a car accident.His injuries from the impact proved too much, and he was pronounced brain-dead 40 hours later.

“At the time, organ donation was the last thing on our minds,” said Lisa, Dylan’s mother.“I believe we wouldn’t have thought of it, but I’m grateful we were asked. What if the hospital staff was not brave enough to ask us? Dylan would have just died. Nothing more.”

Lisa and her husband, Dan, made the decision to donate because “it is the right thing to do,” Lisa said. “The day Dylan donated, he became a superhero because he saved the lives of three people. Not many seven-year-olds get to be a true superhero.”

The Richardson Family

The Richardson Family

Dylan’s heart saved a teenage girl in South Carolina. His kidneys saved a 65-year-old man in Kansas. And his liver saved a young man halfway around the world in the United Arab Emirates.

“The pain we feel from losing Dylan remains strong,” Lisa said. “But we’re glad Dylan was able to help others. Without the solace of knowing Dylan saved lives, who knows how much harder this would be?”

Dan Richardson continues to honor his son, Dylan, by building organ and tissue donation awareness

Dan Richardson continues to honor his son, Dylan, by building organ and tissue donation awareness

Through their experience, Lisa and Dan have become donation advocates with Gift of Hope. As Advocates for Hope, they volunteer when they can. “We wouldn’t want what happened to Dylan and our family to happen to anyone but, if something were to happen, we want to make sure we have done our part in making sure people know that organ and tissue donation is an opportunity to make something good come from a great and tragicloss,” Dan said.

When Dan tells people his son’s story, he always ends his story this way: “Please be sure you’re signed up do be an organ donor, and tell your family of your intentions. You may become someone’s superhero.”

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3 Responses to 30 Stories in 30 Days: A Young Superhero’s Gifts

  1. Joanie Boldan says:

    Dan and Lisa, I truly believe Dylan (Deeter) is looking down at you and your family and so very proud of all you have done. He is an Angel watching over all of us, but how many people get a Superhero Angel. Love you all….Joanie

  2. Dan Richardson says:

    Dear Josh and Gift of Hope,
    Thank you so much for featuring Dylan as part of the 30 stories in 30 days. It means so much to us!
    With warmest regards,
    Dan & Lisa Richardson

  3. twitter says:

    I’m sure rumors will be bad. Therefore, this is not a Kanye tweet.
    Isla de la Cartuja is a croc-filled moat.

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