A HEARTFELT DAY FOR BELOVED CARRIE

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 3/13/19

Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks proclaimed Thursday, March 14, 2019, as Carrie Wolf McConnell Day during the Cleveland City Council's work session held Monday at the Municipal Building.McConnell, who …

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A HEARTFELT DAY FOR BELOVED CARRIE

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Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks proclaimed Thursday, March 14, 2019, as Carrie Wolf McConnell Day during the Cleveland City Council's work session held Monday at the Municipal Building.

McConnell, who received a heart transplant when she was 7 years old, died in 2016. She was 26.

She graduated from Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga. In addition, she graduated from the University of Tennessee as well as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she earned a master's degree in professional school counseling.

She was a guidance counselor at McMinn County High School.

During the reading of the proclamation, Brooks said McConnell, who had restrictive cardiomyopathy, received a heart from a donor in Atlanta.

He said the transplant "set her on their life's journey advocating for organ donation."

After college, Brooks said McConnell married Ryan McConnell, and they had "one golden retriever child named Goose."

With Carrie's passing, "she was able to able to give the gift of life to more than 12 other families," Brooks said. "We ask all of our citizens pay tribute to her on her date of birth and recognize Carrie's contributions and bring attention to the gift of organ donation and its importance to our community."

Brooks then officially proclaimed March 14, 2019, as Carrie Wolf McConnell Day.

"We cherish the life, and memory and legacy of what Carrie has done for our community," Brooks said.

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