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Remembering Connor, Bainbridge Community Member And Organ Donor

Aug. 18 Cornhole Tournament to be Held in His Honor
By Rosie Cunningham


The Glassett Family at Connor’s graduation from Bainbridge-Guilford Central School. Contributed Photo The Glassett Family at Connor’s graduation from Bainbridge-Guilford Central School. Contributed Photo BAINBRIDGE - One young man died and four individuals live due to the donation of Connor Glassett’s organs.

Glassett passed away on Sept. 22, 2016 at the age of 21 from a traumatic brain injury.

The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School student was a son, brother, friend, scholar, athlete, mentor, student teacher, world traveler, aspiring poet - hilarious, kind, wise beyond his age and a young man of integrity - the kind of person you want your child to be. He was a senior at Champlain College Burlington, Vermont at the time of his passing, majoring in secondary education with a minor in global studies.

“Above all, he is loved and missed by many in this community and others around the world, and we choose to remember him daily (and at gatherings throughout the year) with love and laughter,” said his mother, Elise Glassett.

Glassett is taking the helm of the “Back River Road Cornhole Tournament” which will take place at 1328 County Road 39 in Bainbridge, in Connor’s memory to raise money for Donate Life NYS. The mission of Donate Life NYS is to increase organ, eye and tissue donation in New York state through collaborative advocacy, education, promotion and research.

“The owners, Ray and Jen Newbauer of Newbauer Construction (event sponsors), initially approached us as far as the event,” said Glassett. “They asked if we would like to do a corn hole tournament as a fun competition, in Connor’s memory, and they let us choose where the proceeds would go. Our family chose Donate Life New York State because our son was an organ donor and we felt this would bring awareness to a very worthy cause. There are people alive today because of organ donation; who without it, would not be alive. Even in small communities like ours, we know of people who are recipients and donors. The topic is something you don’t think about until you have to think about it.”

According to his mother, the family made the decision for Connor to be an organ donor after learning about the severity of his injuries in the hospital before his passing.

“We made that decision based on the knowledge of his opinion of the subject and how he lived his life,” she said. “Connor was able to donate his liver, both kidneys and heart and he saved the lives of four people by organ donation. We are currently in the beginning stages of communication with the recipients via letter writing and we hope to meet them as well.”

Elise explained why she believes individuals should consider organ donation.

“It’s simply this: you normally don’t think about being an organ donor or organ recipient until you absolutely have to,” she said. “There’s an awful lot to the process on both sides (donation and transplants) and this is something that may or may not knock on your door. Any awareness you have of it may be beneficial. Donate Life NYS is a group that advocates for education, promotion and research. We feel these are good people doing good work.”

Elise encourages individuals to turn out for the Aug. 18 event.

“It’s local and a good time for a good cause,” she said, and discussed individuals who have and will help make the day possible. “The Newbauer family are fantastic, caring people and we are grateful to call them friends. They support many causes in our community, with this one being personal for us. We also thank the additional local businesses who have supported this event in Connor’s memory. For our family, having the support of so many people in our community, who have come together since Connor’s passing, not only us but for each other, proves Connor’s journey is not over. Ultimately, through organ donation, and events in his memory such as this, Connor’s legacy continues.”

For anyone interested in learning about Donate Life NYS and organ donation, anyone not able to make the tournament but would still like to donate in Connor’s memory, can go to www.alliancefordonation.org or checks can be made payable to: Donate Life NYS - 185 Jordan Road, Troy, NY 12180. Or, attend the “Back River Road Corn Hole Tournament,” 1328 County Road 39 in Bainbridge - bags will fly at 10:30 a.m.

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