Stories of Hope

Anthony Branca


“If you met Anthony, you liked him,” said Demetrius Branca, Anthony’s father. “If you knew Anthony, you loved him.”

Anthony Branca, 19, was a Leon High School graduate and Tallahassee Community College student who loved playing soccer and the saxophone.

On November 7, 2014, Anthony was riding his motorcycle in Tallahassee when he was struck and killed by a distracted driver.

Although Anthony was not able to donate organs, he was able to donate tissue and enhance the lives of 67 people. His connective and bone tissues have helped patients ranging from 17 to 77 years old, and his heart valve was used in a procedure for an infant.

“It’s incredibly moving to know Anthony continues to help people even though he isn’t here anymore,” Demetrius said. “It’s beautiful to see other people live through his gifts. In death, he is like in life: kind, giving and considerate.”

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