By AISHA KHAN | SC Now.com
MYRTLE BEACH, SC -A special holiday candlelight ceremony for organ, tissue and eye donor families was held at Health Finders at the Coastal Grand Mall Thursday evening.
Donor families from the Grand Strand and Pee Dee came together to mark a memorial for loved ones who have passed away but whose organcs have been donated to those in need.
Professionals from LifePoint and from area hospitals were also there to celebrate the honor of providing life to one in need.
LifePoint helps support and educate families at an emotionally devastating time so they can make well-informed decisions about organ and tissue donation.
"They hold on to it as a gift of life, when the families are in the waiting room and our family support counselors come in to talk to them and offer the option of donation it is the gift of life,” said Reuben Wright a donor family counselor with LifePoint Donor,” It’s the gift of hope and they're hoping through the giving to save somebody else’s life.”
A similar gathering will be a statewide ceremony in April which is national tissue and organ donor awareness month.
Currently, there are more than 100,000 in the U.S. on a waiting list for an organ that can save their life or make their life much easier.