Arvada hockey player gives gift of life to others

ARVADA - To move or balance unsteadily; the definition given to the word teeter. Sean Teater revised that definition telling his family and friends he liked to live life on the edge, he called that "Teatering."

For years, Sean used the edge of his skates to make moves as a hockey player with Arvada Hockey and Ralston Valley High School. He was well respected as a leader on the ice and as a good friend, someone who cared deeply about others.

On December 21, Sean snapped a photo of the sunrise, sent it to his mom and posted it on his Instagram page. Shortly after, he was snowboarding with his college roommates.

Later that afternoon, Sean's mother got a phone call. Sean had been airlifted to Denver Health, he was in critical condition. At the hospital she learned he had lost oxygen to his brain.

"They asked if I'd thought about organ donation, and I said, I know Sean's an organ donor," said Sean's mother Mary.

She and Sean's brothers, Brad and Ryan never doubted this is what Sean would want to do. In their grief, they thought of those waiting for an organ donation.

"That's what I kept in my mind the whole time, someone else's family is not going to have to suffer like this," said Mary.

Someday, they would like to meet one of the recipients of Sean's gift. If given the chance they'd tell them about "Teatering." Mary explains Sean believed life was not about material possessions, but about being happy and giving that happiness to others.

"Push it to the limit, and live it the way it should be, just hang on, and enjoy the ride" Mary added.

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