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Woman's organ donation bonds 2 families

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POLK COUNTY, Ga. -

Two families celebrate the season with a special bond that can't be seen. 

You see, Kim Garner's daughter Tiffney Waits' heart now beats inside Mason, 15. The story of how Mason received Tiffney's heart is something both families say could only have been orchestrated by God.

When he was three years old, Mason was diagnosed with a heart condition known as Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. Two years later, he underwent a heart transplant.

Unfortunately, doctors told the family that Mason's heart was failing, and he would have to go back on a transplant list.

'I was thinking here we go yet again, let the roller coaster begin" said Tracy Thompson, Mason's mother.

Enter Becky Waits: Tiffney's mother-in-law. Her grandson Zane plays in the high school band with Mason. Little did Becky know a tragedy would forever intertwine the two families.

Tiffney and her two small children were headed to see her sister in Alabama when she was killed a horrific accident. Ironically, sometime before the accident, Tiffney had mentioned to her family she wanted to be an organ donor.

Through their pain, Tiffney's family abided by her wishes. It was a perfect match.

As painful as it is to talk so openly just two months after their devastating loss.. Tiffney's family hopes their story will encourage others to think about organ donation.

Mason is still getting regular checkups. His family knows this first year is going to be critical to the success of his transplant. Since Tiffney's heart was a perfect match...they feel they are ahead of the game.

Mason's mother says, since all of this happened, she's heard from so many of Mason's classmates that they too are now opting to be organ donors.

More Information:

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/5rb3/masongadboishearttransplantfund

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/msd3/tiffneywaitsmemorialfund

https://sites.google.com/site/jinglealltheway5kwaitsbenefit/

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