'Marli's miracle' lives on with organ donations

Tuesday , August 12, 2014 - 7:03 AM

Marli Hamblin candles
By CIMARON NEUGEBAUER AND MORGAN BRIESMASTER Standard-Examiner staff

SYRACUSE — Marli’s miracle took on a new meaning Sunday.

On a quiet road, battery-operated candles lined both sides of the street where Marli Hamblin will forever be remembered. The candles have been there since Friday.

The 15-year-old Syracuse teen who was accidentally run over in her driveway Friday afternoon died Sunday afternoon, according to family members.

The Facebook page set up asking for a Miracle for Marli ended up with a different outcome Sunday, but one family members say they are at peace with.

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“Marli's miracle ended up being a miracle for others,” her mother Lisa Hamblin told friends and family who met for an outdoor dinner on their street Sunday evening after ending a fast and prayer for the teen.

Marli Hamblin was sunbathing on her driveway near 3000 West and 2700 South when a family member was backing up a Chevrolet pickup truck out of the garage, Syracuse police spokesperson Erin Behm told the Standard-Examiner.

Candles went down the street, winded up toward the driveway and ended at the cheerleader’s front door.

The family announced that they would be donating Marli's organs. For that purpose, her body and organs are still being kept alive through machines. However, her uncle, Rory Hamblin said the family said their formal goodbyes Sunday.

“We are a tight knit family,” Rory Hamblin told the Standard-Examiner. “We do a lot together.”

The 3230 West street in Syracuse is all made up of Hamblin family members.

Marli's aunt, Noelle Kelley, who lives across the street said the teen was always very energetic.

“She was always smiling and she was just spunky!”

Kelley said the family has been lucky to be so close in more ways than one as a family.

“We lean on each other,” she said adding that since the date of the accident they have all been inseparable and consoling each other.

The community has also been very supportive and provided dinners for the family every day since the accident, sent an “overwhelming” amount of text messages and notes to show their love to the family.

Family members have said the sister who drove the truck “is doing OK” and has an amazing support group of friends who are helping her through the loss.

There has been no confirmed date of a vigil or funeral yet, but family members said they plan to have one at a later date.

The Syracuse High School sophomore cheerleader was listening to music on her iPod when she was hit, according to Behm, adding that the driver had no idea Hamblin was there.

Hamblin was flown in critical condition to Ogden Regional Medical Center. She died shortly after 1 p.m., on Sunday.

“We have had such an outpouring of support,“ said Hamblin’s bishop and family relative, Lance Hamblin on Sunday afternoon.

Lance Hamblin said the best way family, friends and those concerned may help is to make a donation to America First Credit Union under the name Marli Hamblin Charitable Fund for the growing medical bills.

Those who wish to donate to Hamblin and her family may do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/crxor0.

Hamblin’s GoFundMe fundraiser had garnered more than $8,600 as of early Monday afternoon. The donation goal on that site is set at $50,000.

This is the fourth death Syracuse High has experienced this summer. Two Clinton teens, one a Syracuse High student the other a graduate, died in a single-engine plane crash in Nevada. On July 23, Ariah Bosworth passed away; according to her obituary she would have been a junior at Syracuse High this upcoming school year.

Contact reporter Cimaron Neugebauer at 801-625-4231 or cimaron@standard.net and Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or mbriesmaster@standard.net.

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