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Kenneth Sapp

Auburn, NY

Team Finger Lakes

March 17, 1986 - January 25, 2004

A Life Full of Love

Several months after Kenneth William Sapp was born, his parents were told that he had hypotonic quadraparesis and that he would never walk, talk or do anything a “normal” child could do. But he was a beautiful boy with eyes that were a window to his beautiful soul. He loved life and all who entered into his. Kenneth loved any and all animals. Over the years, he had many: guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, snakes and mice. But his best buddy was his greyhound, JD, who was known to stand over and protect Kenneth while he was lying on the floor playing. Kenneth also loved listening to music, whether it was at church or watching his videos. His favorite movie was “The Little Mermaid,” and Ariel was his favorite girl. Through the Children’s Wish Foundation (now New Hope for Kids) and Give Kids the World, (for which he appeared in a print ad and TV commercial),

Kenneth visited Walt Disney World annually. Our family moved to New York from Florida in 2003 to be closer to family. We enjoyed our first Christmas with our NY relatives. Then, on Jan. 25, 2004, 17 year-old Kenneth passed away from meningitis and became an organ donor. After his death, we were introduced to the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. I found support for my grief and began helping with fundraisers and activities with other donor families. We are now involved with The Donor Family Network in Central New York and our family looks forward to attending our 8th U.S. Transplant Games in 2018. 

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