"People will understand
that when we are here, in the world,
we can leave the best of us
to help other people
and their families. "
anna steenbakkers betancourt
The family of Stefano Steenbakkers Betancourt never thought that the death of the young man would bring life to five people, after his tragic murder on the night of June 24, 2012.
For his mother, Zorimar Betancourt, the pain and emptiness caused by his departure had to be replaced with some act that would allow her to honor her son's life. This is how the foundation was born, in principle. The organization's mission seeks to make Puerto Rico the first organ donor country in the world, or at least, achieve that 25% of the population register as a donor.
Eight years after the tragic death of her son Stefano Steenbakkers Betancourt in the middle of a carjacking and after having defeated breast cancer, Zorimar Betancourt is immersed in new projects aimed at raising awareness about the importance of organ donation.
"I want the message to reach people, to create awareness that organ donation helps to give life. For people to understand that when one is here in the world, one can leave the best of oneself to help other people and their families" , -Zorimar, also founder and director, together with her daughter Anna, of the Stefano Steenbakkers Betancourt Foundation.