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After Son's Tragic Death, Long Island Mother Helps Family Members Of Organ Donors

WEST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - The program is called Sean's Gift, and it helps family members of organ donors.

Marie Lapersonerie had tears in her eyes as she talked about her son, Sean.

"He was a really good kid with a big heart," Marie told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall.

WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported


Sean, a 24-year-old veteran who served 14 months in Iraq, died on New Year's Eve 2011 after a car crash. Marie said that before his organs were donated -- saving the lives of three people -- her friend gave her a handmade blanket, which was placed on Sean at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.

"I snuggled up next to him and closed my eyes for a minute," Marie said, "and I knew that was going to be my memory forever."

Marie began Sean's Gift, giving blankets to family members of organ donors in an effort to bring them comfort.

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