Carey, a 21-year-old college student, was shot and killed by a mentally ill student. Carey’s sister knew that he had indicated his desire to be a donor on his driver’s license. His family decided to honor Carey’s wish. They knew of two women who were waiting for kidney transplants — one from his parents’ church and one from his aunt’s church. They directed Carey’s kidneys to them, and the kidneys matched and were transplanted. Carey’s liver went to a 47-year-old father of three, and one of Carey’s lungs went to a woman who was able to go back to work. His family keeps Carey’s memory alive by speaking about donation and raising awareness.
Carey's mother said, "It is rewarding to know that you have done something to save the lives of others. The Gift of Life is a precious gift."