Hunter Henry's parents say their son's organs are with people all over the country

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Wendy and Dan Henry are heartbroken to be planning their sixteen-year-old son's funeral.

"He was always mommy's little sidekick. He was the baby," Wendy Henry said.

Wendy Henry was diagnosed four years ago with an autoimmune disease attacking her body. Hunter never left his mother's side.

"He would always say... 'mom can I get you something to drink? Mom, do you need anything?' It got to a point where I would say, 'if I need something, I'll call you,' " Wendy Henry said.

Last Monday, Wendy suddenly found herself at the hospital by her son's side.

Hunter was hit by a car riding his bike to Port. St. Lucie High School. One day later, his parents say he passed away.

But doctors kept the teen on life support while they searched for people who desperately needed his organs.

"This is what Hunter wanted. His exact words were...'if I can't help people now Dad, I want to help them when I'm gone,' " Dan Henry said.

Wendy Henry says she has already received a letter from a family of one of the organ recipients.

"We got a letter from Tennessee with no return address. It was thanking us for allowing our son to give life to others. Last week, it said their daughter received a kidney," Wendy Henry said.

The Henrys have lived in Port St. Lucie for only four years, but they say the community has rallied behind them. Neighbors even put up a sign in their neighborhood in support.

"I know he is not with us, but he lives in a lot of people. That's what he would want," Wendy Henry said.

Hunter's funeral is on Friday at at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Port St. Lucie with the burial following at White Cemetery in Fort Pierce.

If you would like to help the family, a memorial fund has been set up at Seacoast National Bank.

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