Michael’s Legacy: Transcending Life and Death

On July 10, 2010, Michael Bovill, a twenty-three-year-old active duty member of the United States Coast Guard, suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident. Days later, Michael’s heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys were donated to five strangers: Roxanne Watson, Scott Taffet, Diana Martinez Moran, Elijah Parker, and Zhou Yuan Li. His last act in this world was to give life to those in need.

Surgeons, physicians, parents, children, friends, clergy, and coworkers, along with the recipients of Michael’s organs, come together to reveal their pivotal roles interwoven in this true story exploring the nature of organ donation itself, and inviting the reader to re-consider their concepts of life and death.

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Michael Bovill and His Family


On June 1, 2011, LiveOnNY hosted a ceremony where four of the five recipients of Michael Bovill’s organs met Michael’s family. This was ten months after Michael’s passing and his gift of his organs for transplant.

About the Author

Mark Judelson’s first (imagined) career was as the centerfielder for the New York Yankees when Mickey Mantle retired. Other potential jobs included – but are not limited to – following in the footsteps of his brother Alan who graduated from the United States Naval Academy, logging, nursing, farming… and more. Centerfield at Yankee Stadium and serving as a naval officer did not manifest but others did.

He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mark served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Empire, executive director of an environmental education center/farm working with at-risk teenagers and executive director of the Arts Council of Rockland. Currently, he is a co-worker at the Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Community, an inter-generational community centered on the care of the elderly and the earth. He is a first degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, Level III graduate of the Spacial Dynamics Institute; and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.

Along the way, Mark discovered that stories selected him to tell them through writing and performing. His first book, “Telling It Like It Is“, a novel co-authored with Jane Roberts, is based on his experience as a white teenager attending a predominately black high school and was published in 1975 by Cheshire Ginn. He wrote and performed several plays based on true stories of people who committed acts of courage and kindness in the face of violence and genocide (www.stories ofpeace.com).

He is joyously married to Anna Teigen, father to two remarkable human beings and grandfather to two grandchildren. Anna and Mark live in Rockland County, New York.

Roxanne Watson celebrates Michael Bovill's 34th birthday on her radio program, Michael's Gift, on May 5, 2021. She is joined by Michael's father, John, and sisters Mandy and Marissa, and Mark Judelson speaking about Michael's Legacy.

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NAACP The Spring Valley NAACP received their Charter on June 25, 1951; and since then has devoted their energy to ensure that civil rights for all members of the community are upheld because it is not a privilege, it is a right. The Branch is known for advocating for voting rights, especially in East Ramapo Central School District, fighting housing discrimination, addressing health issues, challenging the lack of diversity in government and the Police Departments while demanding justice for all.
LiveOnNY LiveOnNY Foundation is the philanthropic arm of LiveOnNY—the federally designated non-profit that oversees organ and tissue donation and transplantation in the greater NY area. Founded in 2016 with seed money from Donate Eight, The Foundation’s core mission is to raise and deploy charitable contributions to support both transplant patients and donor families though their journey and help increase the number of lives saved through public awareness and education.
The Foundation for Human Movement Studies, Inc. (FHMS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed for the purpose of bringing people together to explore the realm of human movement through principles and practices developed by Jaimen McMillian and the Spacial Dynamics Institute that bring increased awareness to human movement and activity. FHMS works to achieve our mission though scholarships and funding for initiatives.