He died 13 years ago, but Noah Boos' untimely death helped dozens of other people waiting for transplants.
"Our son Noah was about 18 years old and he initiated the topic of organ donation in our kitchen one morning and I told him, 'Noah, I did not want to have this conversation with you,' and he said, 'No mom, it's important,' and so I listened because he was wise beyond his years," said Noah's mother Gayle Boos.
Noah died in a car wreck on his way to college in Freeport.
There'd been a bad snow storm over the weekend. Noah's tissue donation helped 23 others. It was all coordinated by OSF St. Anthony medical center.
The hospital was recognized on Thursday for coordinating so many donations like Noah's. For the recipient, it can be very emotional.
"That weighed on me for a while, that someone had to lose their life for me to get this," said lung transplant recipient Mary Barker. "I do treasure it and I appreciate it everyday."
OSF St. Anthony was in the top 15 out of 180 hospitals in Illinois for tissue donations last year.