Three lives were saved by the donated organs of a 9-year-old South Carolina boy who was killed on Thanksgiving Day in a rabbit hunting accident, family said.
On Sunday, Nov. 1, friends and family gathered at Folk’s Funeral Home in Williston to say goodbye to 9-year-old Colton Williams.
Colton’s grandfather, Vince Furtick, said that the 9-year-old donated his kidneys to two other children in South Carolina and his liver to a child in Virginia.
“I cannot help but think that while we shed tears of grief because we’ve lost our only grandson, there are 3 other families crying tears of joy that their child’s life is saved,” Furtick told News 12.
“God has Colton in his arms now and we truly miss him but rest in the knowledge that we will see him again one day,” the grandfather wrote on his Facebook post. “Life goes on and in Colton’s case, three lives were saved by his donated kidneys and liver. He was the brightest light in our lives and he will be missed greatly. Again, thank you.”
“I was so proud when Colton’s dad comforted his family by saying, ‘There are good days and there are bad days. Today is a bad day. But there will be good days to come.’ We struggle forward praying for the pain to ease,” Furtick said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses and you can find the link here.
Colton was a fourth-grade student at Kelly Edwards Elementary School. Williston School District mourned the death of their student on a Facebook post and that counselors will be on-site at KEES Monday morning and will continue to be available throughout the week and longer if needed.