10-year-old boy’s decision to donate organs before dying saves

Hometown Heroes

CARTER COUNTY, KY (NewsNation Now) — 10-year-old Vinnie Osborne-Brown died in August when a tree fell on him at his grandparent’s Kentucky home.

But months before the accident, Vinnie made a decision that would change multiple lives. After hearing about organ donation over the radio, he decided he would sign up to be an organ donor.

After Vinnie’s death, the Brown family said they have been received a lot of support from not only those in their community but across the state. At the local high school, bikers and unique car owners came out for a fundraising cruise-in to benefit Vinnie’s family.

The fundraiser was organized by Joshua Warren and his family who traveled across the state to host the fundraiser in Vinnie’s hometown.

Vinnie Osborne-Brown became an organ donor just months before he lost his life. Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Brown.

“We heard the news of what happened and we reached out to Vinnie’s parents and we wanted to do something,” said Warren.

Vinnie’s dad said they had never met Warren or his family before the accident.

“We didn’t even know the guy that put all this together,” said Johnny Brown. “He just saw a story on Facebook while we were still in the hospital.”

The family said they have received so much support from who they would have considered strangers. Vinnie’s mother said, “they’re not strangers anymore.”

Over 100 participants came out to the cruise-in. Gary Burton and Chuck Littral rode their motorcycles from Lexington, Kentucky to show their support for the family.

Vinnie with his mother, Elizabeth Brown and two brother. Photo: Elizabeth Brown.

He said he wanted to be famous, he wanted to break world records and I think he’s done way more than that,” said Elizabeth Brown. “He’s saving a lot of lives.”

NewsNation affiliate WOWK contributed to this report.

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