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Family accepts diploma for Las Vegas teen that died after motorcycle crash

Posted at 7:23 PM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 22:34:17-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Graduates at Cimarron-Memorial High School honored Michael Sigler, the teen died after his motorcycle was hit by a car last week.

Sigler sustained serious head injuries and remained on life support until Wednesday, he was an organ donor.

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His mother, Courtney Kaplan, and his older brother Charles Sigler Jr, walked across the stage to receive Michael's diploma. His brother held onto Michael's cap and gown.

"I heard some feedback from the principal that Mikey's decision to work extra hard this year to graduate has inspired so many other students who may not have had graduated to kick in all gears and let's do this," said Kaplan.

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"The pride of receiving this love and reverence today, I'm glad to be here. There's no where else I rather be," said Charles, Michael's father.

Michael's parents told 13 Action News their son was excited to graduate was still had not declared a field of study.

"He had been struggling with that for a few months, not really knowing what his purpose was, or what he wanted to do, who he wanted to be, I can only say he got his answer."

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On Wednesday, hundreds of nurses, physicians and other medical staff lined the hallways of UMC Wednesday morning as Michael Sigler was wheeled to an operating room to have organs removed for donation.

"At least nine because all of the organs were able to find recipients, the major organs like the heart, lungs, kidneys."

Michael's parents said their son's memory will live on through organ donations.

"His gift is going to live for a long time," said Sigler.

"He's touched so many people in so many ways. I am so proud of him," said Kaplan.