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Texoma town raises organ donation awareness

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Triston Paris, 20, died after a truck accident in 2016, but his donated organs were able to save the lives of others. (Courtesy) Triston Paris, 20, died after a truck accident in 2016, but his donated organs were able to save the lives of others. (Courtesy)

CADDO, Okla. --  Triston Paris was in a horrific accident in 2016 when his truck veered off the road and rolled over several times.

He died a week later.  

That's when loved ones elected to donate the 20-year-old's organs. 

"It had become very evident that we didn't have to make the decision." said Paris' aunt, Amy Hedges. "Triston made the decision for us."

"He became an organ donor as soon as he got his driver's license," said friend Shelby Dellinger. " He knew it was something he wanted to do." 

Those organ donations saved the lives of five people and give vision to two more. 

"If he wasn't an organ donor, I don't know how we would have coped," said Hedges. "Without that, there wouldn't have been any positive, and we would have lost him forever." 

Today, the selfless act of Triston Paris lives on through the Team Triston Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness for organ donation. 

In Oklahoma, you can become an organ donor when you renew a driver's license, or by signing up at the LifeShare registry.

"I think it puts an insight on the mind realizing how important it really is," said Caddo cheer coach, Jackie Coe. "This will make sure they spread the word about organ donation and have people put the little red heart on their license, too." 

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