Laureus World Sports Awards Abbey Conner’s heart Resides on

When 20-year-old Abbey Conner died tragically while on holiday in Mexico with her family in January, her father Bill decided to get something to honour her life.

On 22 May, Conner, a passionate fisherman, jumped on his bike and began riding across the country. He chose to journey 2,600 miles —  by his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida — to pay a visit to Broward Health Medical Centre, the hospital that regained Abbey’s organs for return in January.

Loumonth Jack, Jr. and Bill Conner. Picture courtesy: Facebook @donatelifela

1400 miles into his journey, he fulfilled 21-year-old Loumonth Jack Jr., who just lived because Abbey had donated her organs, and her heart has been donated to save his life.

When Conner fulfilled Jack he felt like he already knew him.

“Knowing he is alive because of Abbey, Abbey is living inside of him —   it is her heart having him stand up straight,” Conner said.

“I was happy for him and his family, and at precisely the identical time, I got to reunite with my daughter.”

After having an embrace, Jack pulled out a stethoscope therefore Conner would listen to his daughter’s heart for the first time since she died in January. Both men began to split.

The family made a recording of Jack’s heart Conner could listen to it rides. After spending a bit more time with Jack, ” Conner continued his journey to spread awareness about the value of organ donation, revealing his daughter’s story on the way.

This heartwarming moment is one of the nominees for September’s Laureus Greatest Sporting Moment.

Laureus World Sports Awards have been in existence for the past 17 decades, with the first Laureus awards held in 2000. Besides the Laureus Greatest Sporting Moment, ” Laureus declares its awards in eight different categories, some of them being Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Laureus World Team of the Year.

Published Date: Sep 04, 2017 03:47 pm | Upgraded Date: Sep 04, 2017 03:47 pm

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