New 'Brockstrong' foundation raises awareness on organ donation

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A simple company project has turned into a community-wide effort to raise awareness on organ donation.

A liver transplant would have saved his life. Brock Butler was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at ten years old. By age 20, family, friends, and coworkers realized that time was running out.

"We put him in the hospital, and he spent a month in intensive care, waiting for a liver... and in the end, we didn't get a donor," explained Lori Haglund, Butler’s mother.

The people Butler left behind decided that no one else should ever have to experience what they went through.

"Everything else—with respect to work and your general troubles in life—they're suddenly not that important anymore, when you find out you've lost a friend," said Jeffrey Watkins, Butler’s former manager at Van Boerum & Frank Associates, Inc.
That is why the group came up with “Brockstrong.” They are raising awareness on organ donation, and community members have already started getting involved.

"It was heart warming and healing. It made us think, 'there's got to be something better to come out of all of this,’” said Haglund.

Today, supporters are preparing to host a 5K fun run on Butler’s behalf. Countless businesses have donated time and products to support the cause.

"It carries me through. It has turned into this wonderful, positive energy that fills all the people that are around," said Haglund.

The whole “Brockstrong” motto comes from a tweet butler sent out before he died, saying, "If there is one thing I do in this life, it would be to teach people to be thankful for what they have, instead of dwelling on what they don't."

The 5K run will start Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. (registration will begin at 8:00). Brockstrong supporters invite everyone to come participate in the event at Wheeler Historic Farm.

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