UC rookie killed in hit-and-run gives others another chance at life

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DANIELLE: LIFECENTER TOLD ME THAT ABOUT 60% OF PEOPLE IN THE SERVICE AREA ARE SIGNING UP TO DONATE. ONE OF THEM WAS CAYDEN TURNER. IT IS FULLY HAPPY THAT IN YOUR LIFE, A GIRL WHO HAS GAVE SO MUCH, HER LAST ACT WAS TO CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS. A SMILE THAT LIGHTS A ROOM. CAYDEN TURNER WAS FULL OF LIFE. >> SHE WAS MY ANGEL HERE. NOW SHE WILL BE MORE AN ANGEL. DANIELLE: THE UNTHINKING HAPPENED WHEN CAYDEN WAS KILLED LAST WEEK. THE UC FRESHMAN WAS CROSSING THE STREET WHEN POLICE SAID SHE WAS HIT BY A STOLEN CAR. SHE WAS ONLY 18. >> AT LEAST I CAN HAVE COMFORT WHEN I HAVE MY BAD TIMES THAT SHE LIVES THROUGH SOMEONE ELSE. DANIELLE: IN HER YOUNG LIFE SHE WAS CALLED TO GIVE. HELP YOUR FAMILY SO EVERYONE FITS IN. ALSO NOW GIVE CAYDEN BUT THIS GIVES THEM THE GIFT OF LIFE. >> SHE CAN GIVE YOUR CORNEA. SHE GAVE SKIN SO BURNS VICTIMS. BONE MARROW COULD GIVE YOU. PEOPLE REQUIRING HIP REPLACEMENT, INFUSION. DANIELLE: AS TISSUE DONORS, 70 TO 100 PEOPLE HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE. LIFECENTER ORGAN DONATION NETWORK HOPES TRAGEDY BECOMES INSPIRATION. >> I THINK THE BEAUTY OF SOMEONE WHO IS A YOUNGER DONOR WHILE THAT IS BAD FOR ANY FAMILY, THESE PATIENTS ALSO HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO HELP YOUNGER PATIENTS HAVE A QUALITY OF LIFE. DANIELLE: CAYDEN’S JOURNEY ON EARTH ENDS TOO EARLY, BUT NOT WITHOUT MEANING. >> SHE WAS VERY SPECIAL. SHE BROUGHT LIGHT TO ALL. >> SHE COULD LIVE FOR MANY OTHER PEOPLE OR GIVE MORE TIME ON THIS EARTH. DANIELLE: YOU JUST HEARD FROM THE STORY, CAYDEN’S GIFTS CAN HELP 70 TO 100 PEOPLE. AS A TISSUE DONOR, SHE DONATED

Gift of Life: A UC rookie killed in a hit-and-run gives others another chance at life

Cayden Turner was full of life and had a smile that could light up a room. “She was my angel here,” said her mother, S’keisha Rembert-Wilkerson. “Now she’s more of an angelic angel.” Last Wednesday, the unthinkable happened – Turner died. She and another student were crossing Jefferson Ave. at a marked crosswalk when they were hit by a car. According to police, a suspected stolen 2014 Honda CR-V drove through a traffic light and hit the girls. The car sped away, hit a tree and the driver fled. Both victims were taken to hospital with serious injuries. A girl was treated and released, but Turner died in hospital. “At least I can take comfort when I’m having my bad times that someone else is going through it,” Rembert-Wilkerson said. In Turner’s young life she was called to give. She was an Eagle Ambassador at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton. Turner volunteered many hours, helping her family and making sure everyone was included. Even after her death, Turned continued her work and gave the gift of life. said. “She gave skin to burn victims, and she also donated bone marrow to help people with hip replacements and IV fluids.” As a tissue donor, Turner will give 70 to 100 people another chance at life. LifeCenter Organ Donation Network hopes their tragedy will be an inspiration. “These gifts can give someone back a quality of life they never would have had,” said Robert Winter, director of Tissue Services. “I think the beauty of someone who is a younger donor, while that’s certainly agonizing for any family, is that these patients also have the potential to make a better quality of life for younger patients. Whether it’s from spinal surgery, sports injuries, or cancer.” Turner’s journey on Earth ended prematurely, but not without meaning. “She’s just very special,” stepdad Jermaine Wilkerson said. “She brought light to everyone.” “She was able to give many other people life and more time on this earth,” said Rembert-Wilkerson.

Cayden Turner was full of life and had a smile that could light up a room.

“She was my angel here,” said her mother, S’keisha Rembert-Wilkerson. “Now she’s more of an angelic angel.”

Last Wednesday the unthinkable happened – Turner died. She and another student were crossing Jefferson Ave. at a marked crosswalk when they were hit by a car.

According to police, a suspected stolen 2014 Honda CR-V drove through a traffic light and hit the girls. The car sped away, hit a tree and the driver fled.

Both victims were taken to hospital with serious injuries. A girl was treated and released, but Turner died in hospital.

“At least I can take comfort when I’m having my bad times that someone else is going through it,” Rembert-Wilkerson said.

In Turner’s young life she was called to give. She was an Eagle Ambassador at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton. Turner did many volunteer hours, helping her family and making sure everyone fit in. Even after her death, Turned continued her work and gave the gift of life.

“She was able to give the eyesight and her corneas,” said Rembert-Wilkerson. “She gave skin to burn victims, and she also donated bone marrow to help people with hip replacements and when others need IV fluids.”

As a tissue donor, Turner will give 70 to 100 people a new chance at life.

The LifeCenter Organ Donation Network hopes her tragedy will be an inspiration.

“These gifts can give someone back a quality of life they never would have had,” said Robert Winter, director of Tissue Services. “I think the beauty of someone who is a younger donor, while that’s certainly agonizing for any family, is that these patients also have the potential to make a better quality of life for younger patients. Whether through spinal surgery, sports injuries or cancer.”

Turner’s journey on Earth ended too soon, but not without meaning.

“She’s just very special,” stepdad Jermaine Wilkerson said. “She brought light to everyone.”

“She was able to give life and more time on this earth to many other people,” said Rembert-Wilkerson.

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