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WARMINGTON: Uxbridge teen heralded as life-saving hero in wake of her tragic death

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Lillian Bennett, 17, died in hospital Tuesday, Sept. 26, four days after a skateboarding mishap in Uxbridge, but by donating her organs she saved at least six other lives.
Lillian Bennett, 17, died in hospital Tuesday, Sept. 26, four days after a skateboarding mishap in Uxbridge, but by donating her organs she saved at least six other lives. Photo by Handout /GoFundMe

In life, Lillian Bennett dreamed of one day becoming a doctor to help save lives.

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In death, the 17-year-old Uxbridge girl is responsible for saving the lives of at least six females, ranging from younger than her to middle aged.

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It’s a tragedy and miracle in the same story.

There’s is never anything anybody can do to help a family suffering through the death of a child. And Lillian being killed in a parking lot at 335 Main St. in Uxbridge while on a skateboard is every parent’s worst nightmare because this was a teenager being a teenager.

But now there is word that in the four days since she was run over after falling off of a skateboard while holding onto a pickup truck on Sept. 22 and her death in hospital Sept 26, Lillian’s organs were donated to six people on the donor’s list.

Lillian lived her life true to herself and was always thinking of others,” states a GoFundMe effort posted by family friend Tracee Sheldrake. “Ever since she was a little girl she wished and planned to become an orthopedic surgeon.”

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While that can no longer happen, she did give the ultimate gift to others who will now get to chase their dreams.

“For a young lady who always dreamt of helping other people, this unfair tragedy has only shifted her goal in the way in which she is doing so,” the GoFundMe states. “On September 27th she (was) honoured with the “Trillium Gift of Life Hero Walk” as she selflessly offers her beautiful and amazing act of kindness to save so many girls lives.”

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If anybody ever earned this hero’s honour, it’s Lillian. Just look at this list:

– Lungs: a woman in her 20s

 -Kidney: a 12-year-old girl

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-Kidney: a teenaged girl

-Liver: a middle-aged woman

-Pancreas: a teenaged girl

-Heart: a middle-aged woman

It’s a horrible story but some positives came out of it.

Lillian is now the world to those girls and their families,” said the GoFundme. The Bennett family is always the first to offer help to anyone in need. They will be so thankful for your support during this impossible time.”

There’s just nothing anyone can say to them to make this better – other than pointing out their loved one saved so many others.

The Bennett family.
The Bennett family. Photo by Handout /GoFundMe

Meanwhile, as the Toronto Sun’s Chris Doucette reported earlier this week, Durham Regional Police are still investigating this tragedy.

Witnesses report that the young female was skateboarding behind a silver Dodge Pickup truck while holding onto the rear side of it, near the wheel,” police said in a news release. “She lost her balance and fell to the ground; at which time she was run over by the truck.”

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene but police are still asking anyone with information about this incident to call Det.-Const. Dalgetty at 905-579-1520, ext. 5217.

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In the sadness, there are lessons to be learned for young people.

It goes without saying, no one should ever participate in dangerous stunts with moving vehicles. The results can too easily end up being deadly.

Young people, or people of any age, can make decisions that result in their untimely death. But they can also make decisions that result in others getting to live. This is the bittersweet reality of much-loved teenager Lillian Bennett.

Lillian made the decision before her death to ensure she could save others.

“When Lillian got her G1 licence, she signed up to be an organ donor,” police explained.

There are now six people and their families who will be forever thankful that she made this decision. And a wonderful Uxbridge family, while grief-stricken, will always know their beautiful Lillian is still helping others to live.

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