Gil S. Menzie(1993 - 2013)

BALLSTON SPA - Gil S. Menzie, 19, of Ballston Spa passed away suddenly Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Albany Medical Center.
He was born May 7, 1993, in New Melford, Conn.
Gil was predeceased by his grandfather, Douglas Menzie.
He is survived by his grandparents, Mary Menzie, Norris and JoAnn Hamner; his parents, Beth and Andrew Menzie; and his brothers, John Patrick, Michael O'Donnell and Douglas Menzie.
Gil Menzie was a fighter. When he was 6, he was told that only a heart transplant could save him. Eight months later, he walked out of New York City's Mt. Sinai Hospital with the gift of a heart from another heroic child and a determination to keep up with his three brothers.
Although his fiery attitude drove more than one tutor to quit, Gil never did. He played soccer and lacrosse at the modified and junior varsity level, and thoroughly enjoyed his senior prom.
Because of his experiences when he was young, Gil was determined to make a difference by entering the field of nursing. His work as a volunteer at Saratoga Hospital's emergency room reinforced his determination to ""give back"" all that he received when he was younger.
He had recently completed his first year of intensive study for a degree in nursing. Sadly, he was not able to fulfill his final dream, but his family hopes that the gift of giving will remain his legacy.
In lieu of flowers and other gifts, the family requests that all donations be sent, in memory of Gil Menzie, to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, One Gustav Levy Place, Box 1049, New York, NY 10029.
Most importantly, people should remember Gil by giving the gift of life by becoming an organ donor.
Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Wheeler Funeral Home, 25 Hyde Blvd., Ballston Spa.
Arrangements were made by Wheeler Funeral Home Ballston Spa.
Published in The Saratogian on Feb. 9, 2013