Until Michael Gilmore’s “gift of love” became the center of attention just prior to the new year, there was very little media spotlight on the importance of donating organs. Gilmore, a student at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, was shot to death at his apartment near the campus back in April 2010.
Gilmore was an organ donor and through his death, five lives were saved. On New Year’s Day Gilmore’s floragraph appeared on the Donate Life float in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Zola Burgess, community outreach coordinator for Mid-South Transplant Foundation, addressed the Helena-West Helena Kiwanis Club Wednesday at their noon luncheon concerning the importance of organ donation. She came armed to bash several myths about donating organs, eyes and tissue.
“There is no better gift than the gift of life,” stated Burgess. “There are 13,000 on the waiting list for organ donations; so all donors are needed.”
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