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Two Lives Saved Through Gift of Organ Donation Following Tragic Death of Granger Smith’s Son

Following the tragic accident that took the life of 3 yr old River Kelly Smith, son of Granger and Amber Smith, the decision was made to donate River’s organs.

Amber posted on Instagram that the donation has resulted in 2 lives being saved! You can read Amber’s post below:

 

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I’ve always known I wanted to be a donor if anything were to ever happen to me. I just felt that if I had viable organs, why would I go into the ground with them? My spirit would be in Heaven, so why not save a life if I could? Never in a million years did I think I would be making that decision for my baby. When 3 different neuro specialists told us that River had 0% chance of brain recovery (yes 0, not 10 or 1%, 0) after shock and reality set in, I thought, how can we bury our sweet baby and not try to help others? His body is perfect, his organs are perfect, we had to do something. There are so many people waiting for an organ to save their lives. The doctors said donation was quite a process. We would have to search for viable recipients and it could take days. We knew River’s spirit was in Heaven, but we couldn’t bear to watch his tiny, earthly body be pumped full of all the medicines for 3 or more more days while they searched. They tried to expedite the process so our family could be in peace, told us they would take him back to operate the next morning, but we wouldn’t know what organs could be used until after. With such a small body, organs had to be measured physically, not just by X-ray. I spent the night laying in bed with him, crying and talking to him while they kept running tests and taking blood. The next morning family and staff lined the hall for the “walk of honor”. We told them River liked to go fast, so to honor him, they pushed him down that hall faster than they had ever pushed anyone. Granger and I held each other and cried. We got the letter that our tiny, red-headed hero gave life to 2 adults. A 49 year old woman and a 53 year old man. I cried when we opened it. Cried out of sadness & cried out of love. I’m so proud to be River’s mama and I’m so grateful to God that he gave him to us for those incredible 3 years. I pray these 2 recipients live healthy, joy filled, full throttle lives just like Riv. It was one of the hardest, yet easiest, decisions we’ve ever made. There are over 113,000 people waiting for transplants & 20 people die each day waiting. Go to OrganDonor.gov to see how you can help give life as well. ❤️

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Granger & Amber Smith “Thank you for your support”

Granger and Amber Smith recently released a video, opening up about the tragic death of their 3 year old son, River. In the video, Granger and Amber thanked their fans, their friends, family and the first responders who worked relentlessly trying to save their son. They also thanked everyone who has contributed by purchasing the special shirt made to honor the life of River Smith. Proceeds, which have exceeded $100k, will go straight to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas.

 

You can still show your support by purchasing one of these awesome shirts here and you can watch Granger and Amber’s video below.

Wade Bowen discusses tough 2018 In New Documentary ‘Inconsistent Chaos’

Wade Bowen is as good a person you’ll find anywhere. However, from fighting vocal chord issues which required surgery, to a tragic loss in his personal & professional life, 2018 was a tough year for our friend from Waco, Texas. He chronicles what he refers to as a year from hell in a new documentary titled ‘Inconsistent Chaos.’  Rollingstone details the story behind this wonderful piece of work. This documentary is very much worth checking out..{Read More}

 

Tribute Shirt in Honor of Granger Smith’s Late Son to Benefit Texas Hospital

Granger Smith and wife Amber are honoring their late son, River Kelly Smith, with a new T-shirt that benefits the Dell Children’s Medical Center.

River, 3, was cared for by the staff at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Central Texas after a tragic accident that ultimately took his life on June 6.

The River Smith Tribute Shirt, which is on sale now for $21.99, features an excavator adorned with “Riv.” River’s favorite activity was watching excavators scoop dirt. The shirt is available in red, River’s favorite color. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center.

photos courtesy of Granger Smith/Yee Yee Apparel

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|WATCH| Sarah Hobbs: Point of No Return

Jefferson, Tx native Sarah Hobbs stopped by and gave The Wolf an acoustic of “Point of No Return” which she sings with Sam Riggs on her upcoming EP expected out before the end of the year!

Watch the acoustic performance below!

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5 Q’s with Randy Rogers

Our friends the Randy Rogers Band open up the 2016 Lone Star Park Music Series Friday, April 8 in Grand Prairie. Randy was recently on The Front Porch Show:

5 Questions with Randy Rogers

  1. “You and the guys have been doing this now for over 15 years. To what would you attribute the success of The Randy Rogers Band?”
  2. On your duet with Willie “Trouble Knows My Name” some pretty crazy things take place on tour in towns like Kansas City, New Orleans and Missoula, Montana of all places. .Are these real accounts?
  3. The new album “Nothing Shines Like Neon” was recorded during a tough time for you personally, and I understand is actually dedicated to a close friend of yours who you lost before the recording began?
  4. As we mentioned, you have been doing this now for a long, long time. When you look at the crop of new Texas artists out there now, who stands out to you?
  5. In the new album you were blessed to record 3 duets with the likes of Jamey Johnson, Allison Kraus and the great Jerry Jeff Walker. What was it like recording the cover of “Taking It As It Comes” with Jerry Jeff in the studio?

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