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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Cowboys celebrated the gift of donating organs at a rally held inside the stadium Monday.
As part of the Cowboys 4th of July Rally Day, the daughter of former running back Ron Springs and the Coppell family of Taylor Storch each accepted $5,000 donations.
“She saved five lives,” said Todd Storch about the organs his daughter donated. Storch said he and his wife, Tara, were asked in the hospital if they wanted to donate her organs.
It wasn’t a subject they had discussed before Taylor was in a skiing accident that took her life.
“It’s that two-second decision,” said Todd Storch.
Six weeks after Taylor died, her parents started Taylor’s Gift. They work to sign people up for organ donation registries in all states and work with families who face the decision of whether to donate.
Storch says his family has met four of the five people who received Taylor’s organs.
Springs’ daughter, Ayra Springs-Foster, also attended the event at Cowboys Stadium and thanked the sponsors of the event, Superpages, which made the donations.
Ron Springs suffered from Type 2 Diabetes for 16 years and was on the transplant list for three years when former teammate Everson Walls donated his kidney to Springs.
Springs died in May after complications during an unrelated surgery.
Ayra Springs-Foster says in the years following his transplant, her father had a good quality of life with his family.
“It brought joy. It brought a lot of awareness because you don’t really think about it until it affects your family, but just an amazing experience,” she said.