MIDLOTHIAN — Family members describe Payton McCarty’s life with a single word — giving. McCarty served his country as U.S. Marine but also found ways help others in need daily.
His attitude of giving continued after death.
In his final act of giving, it is McCarty’s kidney that has given Dallas Police Officer Bryson Brown a second chance at life.
“My son is a Dallas Policeman, and he has a friend, Bryson Brown, that is also a policeman who was on the donor list needing an organ. So he mentioned to my daughter, Brittany, when we knew Payton was not going to make it to my daughter that Bryson needed a kidney,” McCarty’s mother-in-law, Kim Forner-Mabey said. “Ended up they looked at him and he was a perfect match, which never happens. So all four of the organ transplant nurses came in to tell my daughter together because they said it never happens to be that someone who you want to have the organ is a perfect match, and he was. He received the organ on Nov. 4, the day that Payton Passed away.”
According to the Dallas Police Department’s DPD Beat website, Brown received the news that the kidneys were failing several months ago. Although he knew he was in need of a donor, Brown kept the information of the illness to himself.
“He did, in fact, share the overwhelming news with his family. Bryson’s father, former Dallas Police Sgt. DK Brown, his mother, and his sister were tested to see if they were a match, but sadly they were not. This did not keep Brown family down but instead made it their mission to tell everyone Bryson’s story in hopes of finding a donor,” the site stated. “When the news reached the department, officers gathered together to quickly organize a fundraiser for Bryson. The fundraiser was put together and held at the Dallas Police Association where they raised over $2,000.”
The organ transplant surgery was scheduled the same day of the fundraiser, Nov. 4, and was successful, the Dallas Police site stated.
Forner-Mabey said McCarty’s family was elated that the kidney was a match
“It is one thing to be an organ donor and give to anybody and give life. We all believe in that. We all cherish that. But, to give to somebody that you can actually have a relationship with and that you can see your loved one living on through someone else is bigger than words,” Forner-Mabey said. "Brittany has met Bryson and his family. From what we here he is doing really well.”
When McCarty died from the injuries he received in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 30, he did not have life insurance. With financial restraints tightening, a benefit has been organized to assist to help McCarty’s family during the hardship. The benefit for the family will be held from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Oasis located at 4720 Ruby Ave. in Midlothian.
“He and my daughter, Brittany, were high school sweethearts 11 years ago. They got married six years ago. They have a son, Trevor, that is five and daughter, Skylar, that is three. After high school, Payton when into the Marines. He spent several years in the Marines and a tour in Afghanistan," Forner-Mabey said. “After leaving the Marine Corps, he started his own business, McCarty Fabrication. He was killed in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 30, and he passed away Nov. 4. He was an organ donor and gave several organs. He gave all of his tissue, his eyes, his limbs, both kidneys, liver, and pancreas.”
Forner-Mabey said McCarty grew up in Maypearl and was a graduate of Maypearl High School.
The benefit will feature live music provided by the Blues Healers and barbecue lunch plates will be sold for $5 each. There will also be a raffle and live auction. A $5 donation is requested.
Some of the items that are a part of the raffle and live auction include a .22-caliber rifle, Harley Davison apparel and clocks, Marine Corps signs, an ice chest, fishing gear, a half-day guided fishing tour on Lake Fork and a fishing guide on Richland Chambers Lake.
If people are unable to attend the benefit, they can make a donation through a Go Fund Me Account at www.gofundme.com and search for Payton McCarty Benefit Fund. Donation can also be made at the Cowboy Bank of Maypearl, located at 100 Main St. in Maypearl. The donation account at the bank is the Payton McCarty Benefit Fund.
Forner-Mabey asks the community to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers and asks them to consider signing up to be an organ donor. She added the act of being an organ donor is life changing.
“We just had a guy call us yesterday who was a heart recipient 28 years ago and heard about Payton and Payton’s story and gave my daughter $2,500,” Forner-Mabey said. “Just because he was so grateful to have the chance to live 28 more years but he wanted to give back.”
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