NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) —Siblings, seven years apart, from childhood to adults, Kara Haan says the relationship with her brother Adam was always precious. 

“Just knowing who Adam was as a person, he would’ve wanted the same thing,” Haan said.

Adam Carter passed away suddenly, in a tragic accident, six years ago. It rocked their Michigan community. 

“Nine-hundred people came to his funeral, which is just insane,” Haan recalled.

As he did in life, he did after, impacting so many. Adam’s heart would be donated. The man who received the precious gift, Joe Grant, would later help walk Kara down the aisle at her wedding. 

“It was a part of my brother living in Joe, and is carried on through Joe, so him being there was an extremely special memory, you really can’t put words to.” 

A memory for Kara, her family and brother’s legacy, plus a new member of the family.

“I thank God every day for this heart, and for them, for their family, and everybody,” said Grant. 

Grant said he carries Adam’s heart with pride, and on the wedding day, he was treated like a brother, a son. 

“When you’re lying there in the hospital and you’re darn near dead, you think your life is over, and they give you everything back again,” Grant said. 

But because of organ donation, Grant now takes advantage of every additional minute of his life. The gift of life made possible by Kara Haan, and of course Adam, who also lives on. 

“It provides comfort for me to think that when you lose somebody they don’t disappear into oblivion,” Haan says. “But their soul lives on and I truly believe that. I just feel him (Adam) so often.” 

From loss to saving a life, and love linking the two together. 

The “Be The Gift” donor campaign helped save a record number of Tennesseans last year, thanks to organ donation. In the state, there are still more than 3,000 people waiting for a transplant.