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Teen’s ‘everlasting donation' honored

Van Wert will be remembered during annual Rose Parade

Delaney Van Wert,  whose organs were donated (after she passed away in 2010 at the age of 13 from a brain aneurysm) unveiled a floral rendering of their daughter that will adorn a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade at Albany Medical Center’s Huyck Auditorium on Wednesday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Delaney Van Wert, whose organs were donated (after she passed away in 2010 at the age of 13 from a brain aneurysm) unveiled a floral rendering of their daughter that will adorn a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade at Albany Medical Center’s Huyck Auditorium on Wednesday morning.
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Delany Van Wert was 11 years old when Van Antwerp Middle School published one of her poems in its annual literary magazine.

The poem opened: “I wish I were a star glimmering in the sky.” And it finished: “I would be everlasting like a candle never blown out.”

She died two years after its publication, on May 7, 2010, from a sudden brain aneurysm. And while she is everlasting in her loved ones’ memories, ...

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