The Columbia Missourian | Chris Roll
The event was a chance for transplant recipients and the families of organ donors, along with hospital staff, to come together.
"Events like these show that there are individuals behind the statistics, and this gives the donors' families the chance to see the gift of sight, of improved quality of life, and to know that they've actually helped a person," said Mark Wakefield, director of renal transplantation at University Hospital.
The event also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the renal transplant program at University Hospital. Since 1972, more than 1,000 people have benefited from kidney transplants through the program, according to a news release for the event.
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