Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. For Sue Sprague, that couldn’t be more true.
It’s because of Terry Brown’s death that she now has life. After he was killed in a car crash more than 15 years ago, his family donated his organs. And Sue, who was a diabetic with failing kidneys, struggling to survive, was the recipient.
“When I see this picture out in public, I still get very emotional,” Sprague said. “Terry Brown is my hero. He saved my life.”
Before the transplant she had to check her blood sugar and take insulin daily. Now, thanks to Brown, she’s living a healthy life with no diabetes. And it’s a story she’ll share with millions on New Year’s Day as she rides in the Rose Parade representing Central New York as a transplant survivor.
The float she’ll be riding on will honor the memory of people like Terry Brown and help spread the word about the importance of organ donations.
Since her transplant, it’s been her mission to advocate for organ donation to save more lives, just like Terry Brown saved hers.
Sue and her husband leave Friday morning and will march in the parade that airs on NewsChannel 9 New Year’s Day.