LONG ISLAND — The parents of two teens murdered in Brentwood spoke with the family of a little boy in El Salvador whose life has been saved in honor of their daughters.
Evelyn Rodriguez and Elizabeth Alvarado sat together at the Brentwood Library Thursday, wistfully looking at a screen showing a toddler thousands of miles away in El Salvador. Their daughters, Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas, were murdered at the hands of MS-13, prosecutors have said. But, in their memory, the organization “Gift of Life International” gave the gift of life with the Brentwood Rotary to two children by way of heart surgery.
“Our girls got taken, but saving these two kids kind of brings us a little comfort a little bit,” Alvarado said.
Ensuring parents of sick children don’t have to outlive their children, money is raised, stories shared, and time is donated to do the life-saving operations.
“There are 1.3 million kids born each year with a congenital heart defect. Ninety-three percent of the world does not have access to cardiac care, so their parents are facing the certainty of going to their child’s funeral,” said Gift of Life founder Robbie Donno.
These Brentwood families are trudging forward, proud of their daughters’ legacies that are still being created.