Last week, the Oneonta volleyball team hosted the Go Green Volleyball Tournament to promote organ donation awareness in honor of Deason Cornelius.
At 3 years old, Deason was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, which led to acute liver failure. That was two years ago. After receiving a liver transplant, Deason is now a happy, healthy child.
Throughout the time of his diagnosis, transplant, and recovery, Deason’s mom, Hannah, was the volleyball coach at Oneonta High School.
She started the Go Green Tournament last year, but this year she began teaching and coaching at Sardis High School. Despite the change, Oneonta continued the tournament.
“I didn’t think they would, so I am very touched by them deciding to do that,” Hannah said. “Those girls were there while we were in the hospital and went through that terrible situation right by our side. It means so much that they continue to help us.”
All proceeds from the tournament go to families at Children’s Hospital going through the transplant process. Oneonta volleyball coach Amber Russell is continuing to take donations. For more information on how to donate, call Oneonta High School at 625- 3801.