Upper Darby High Trainer Brian Smart Remembered at Organ Donor Walk

Brian Smart.
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Brian Smart.

Family and friends of beloved Upper Darby athletic trainer Brian Smart walked the track at Upper Darby High School Sunday to remember Brian on his birthday and donate to a good cause now part of Brian’s legacy, reports Deanne Durante for NBC 10.

The annual Gift of Life Donor Dash involves thousands of individuals and teams who walk or run to raise money for the Gift of Life organ donor program.

Brian Smart was an athletic trainer at Upper Darby High School who suffered a fatal heart attack in May 2019.

The 25-year-old made an impact at the school.  He was known for his caring nature and sense of humor. 

A plaque at Upper Darby High School in memory of Brian Smart.

The athlete listed organ donor on his driver’s license.  The family has since found out that a man in England benefitted from Brian’s decision when he received tissue from Brian.

“Many people check the box for organ donor but it doesn’t really have much meaning until it does…then it really hammers home,” his mom said.

To honor his gift, family and friends formed a walking team, “We Heart. Be Smart.”. It was a top fundraiser for Gift of Life.

Read more at NBC 10 about the legacy of Brian Smart.