Jordan Santiago, affectionately known to his family and friends as Santi, was a high achiever with a heart of gold. Though he traveled the world extensively, it was to Texas he returned as he settled into his career as an accountant at PwC in Dallas. At 25 years old, he had a bright future ahead of him and a generosity of spirit leading him to help others as a mentor and volunteer with numerous organizations.
With a bright future ahead, Jordan’s life was cut tragically short in 2020 when he was killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the street after a Dallas Stars Stanley Cup Finals game. His family, devastated, was asked by their local donation agency, Southwest Transplant Alliance, to consider the gifts of organ and tissue donation to help others in need.
“Every stop along his life’s journey was marked by the excellence of achievement, community service, and a love for all of God’s creation,” remembers his family. While considering donation, they thought about what Jordan would say if he were the one making the decision. “We knew as if we were whispering to him what we should do. He would say, without a doubt, I want to give life. I want to donate.”
Jordan saved five lives through organ donation and dozens more through the gift of tissue donation. His family set up a foundation in his honor – The Jordan Santiago iCARE Foundation – to advance education and recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence or perseverance and actively participate in community service, as Jordan had. And they’ve become passionate advocates for the gifts of organ, eye, and tissue donation.
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