Updated: Friday, 26 Feb 2010, 6:00 PM EST
Published : Friday, 26 Feb 2010, 6:00 PM EST
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Hundreds of students from across the globe are on a mission of hope. And now, that mission made a stop right here in western New York.
The Torch of Life is making a two year long journey from Alaska to Argentina to promote the cause of Organ and Tissue Donations. Thursday morning the torch passed through Buffalo.
Canisius High School students carried the torch from City Hall to their school on Delaware Avenue. The Torch of Life was brought to the Pope by liver transplant recipient George Marcello to promote the cause. Buffalo is one of 300 cities where the torch will stop.
The students are working together with Upstate New York Transplant Services. Their Education Coordinator, Danielle Keller, keeps the cause of organ donation close to her own heart.
"I am also the mom of Lexis, who received a heart almost six years ago. So, without people raising awareness of this issue my daughter may not have received her heart. Because you never know when it's going to be a part of your life," said Keller.
Canisius High School student Connor Farrell said, "There's over 100,000 people in the United States that are currently in need of some type of transplant and it's something that anyone can give. It's a gift that they can give back, um, so, we just kind of joined together to raise awareness."
Connor is part of the Donate Life Club at Canisius. On special days the students wear green ties to school as another way to support awareness of organ and tissue donation.