During the Alice ISD Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2017, one student who started the journey with her classmates in kindergarten was not able to complete the journey.
Alice High School Principal Dr. Alex Gonzalez and the Class of 2017 paid tribute to Sonia A. Lopez on Friday night.
"She should be here with us tonight, but an illness in 2011 took her away from us," Gonzalez said. "Sonia Lopez is part of this graduating class and she will be remembered as such."
Lopez was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition that occurs when fluid builds up in the skull and causes the brain to swell, also known as “water on the brain," according to healthline.com.
Lopez's mother and her family accepted an honorary diploma from Alice ISD.
Lopez's death was difficult for her family, but they took comfort in knowing Lopez would live on through other individuals in the world. Trevino made the decision to donate her daughter's organs.
One of the organ recipients, 19-year-old Vanessa Morin, was at the commencement ceremony with Lopez's family to honor a life taken to soon.
"Our family just wants to say how thankful we are for Sonia and her family for not only saving my twin sister's life but others as well. It's something me and my family will always be thankful for," said Morin's sister, Veronica Morin. "Her mom, Sonia's brothers and sisters - Felipe, Monica, Maribel and Ignacio of Alice, are now our family. We are just one big family now because of an unselfish act of love. And we are very grateful to be here tonight to honor a beautiful angel in heaven, (our) sister Sonia."
Vanessa received Lopez's kidney.
"We know that you are here in spirit and we want you to know you are not forgotten."