“This is an incredible award, I can’t even express how I feel. He was a very unique young man and will be greatly missed,” said Phil Garcia, Xaven’s father.
Died of smoke inhalation in November after running back into their house – as it was on fire – to save his father. After tragically losing their son, they don’t take their lives for granted.
“Getting up every morning and saying ‘thank you God’ every day and moving on is all we can do,” said Phil.
The Garcias say they taught their son to give back to the community, even in death he does just that – as an organ donor.
“His heart, spleen, liver and kidney are being sent across the country to save lives,” Montoya said.
His family say they are keeping an eye on where their son is going next.
“Two were in Arizona, one woman got his calluses in California. Another young gentleman, 17, the same age, got his liver and a gentleman in Colorado who is 47, and he has my son’s heart and no rejection from anyone,” said Phil.
While his loss still hits the family hard, they are comforted to know that parts of Xaven live on.
“It’s amazing that he’s still out there, he’s still giving, he’s still giving. It’s tough, but he still gives,” said Phil.
Now her goal is to pass on, just like her son.
“We’re going through hell, but I know we’ll get through it and no matter what we’re here for, it’s always good to give.”
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-teen-honored-with-posthumous-lsquoyouth-hero-awardrsquo-for-saving-father-from-house-fire/6417809/?cat=500 Albuquerque Teen Honored With Posthumous Youth Hero Award For Saving Dad From House Fire