Governor Inslee to honor Cafe Racer victim for organ donations
SEATTLE - A victim of the deadly Caf Racer shooting will be honored posthumously this week by Governor Jay Inslee, for giving life to others through organ donations.
Donald Largen, who was one of five people killed during the shooting nearly two years ago, donated his liver and lungs. He saved two lives.
"This organ donation has been a comfort and a blessing to me because Don lives on - giving someone else a chance to live their life," said Largen's mother Betty Parker.
Largen lived just a few doors away from Caf Racer and went there often. On the day of the deadly shooting, he wasn't carrying a wallet so doctors didn't know if he was an organ donor - it was a decision his family had to make.
"We talked about it, and it was definitely decided that would be what Don would have wanted, and probably was on his driver's license," said Parker.
On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee will honor Largen as an organ donor hero - an award Largen's mother is proud to accept.
"I'm honored that they would do that, you know, because I know there's a lot of other people that have been organ donors. I think it's wonderful," said Parker.
Donald Largen is one of five organ donors who will be honored this week. Some of the others include an Iraqi War veteran from Fort Lewis, a volunteer firefighter and a Spokane businessman.