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The event, called Linking Hands for Life, symbolizes a chain of remembrance and thanksgiving, said Mark Johnson, spokesman for LifePoint, the state’s organ procurement agency.
It’s being held this year for the first time in conjunction with National Donate Life Month and is part of a national initiative to sign up 20 million donors this year.
“This month-long celebration honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families, commemorates all transplant recipients,” he said, “and remembers those who died waiting for a transplant in South Carolina and the nation.”
More than 113,000 people — about 1,000 of them in South Carolina — are on the waiting list for organs, and 18 die every day waiting, according to LifePoint.