Organ recipient accepts diploma on behalf of 13-year-old who donated liver

GALT, Calif.  — Eric Blackwell, 35, walked up on stage to accept the last diploma at the McCaffrey Middle School eighth-grade promotion ceremony. It wasn’t for him — it was for the boy who saved his life. “How amazing this opportunity was. And how rare it was,” Blackwell said. On March 11, 13-year-old Michael Balsley-Rodriguez died after accidentally shooting himself. He never got to live out his dreams of becoming a football coach. After the tragedy, Michael’s parents vowed...

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