Niagara This Week | Scott Rosts
The St. Catharines resident knows first hand the importance of donation, herself the recipient of a liver five years ago. As Olivia Hubert and her classmates from Sir Winston Churchill prepared to run the Torch of Life to their school from city hall, it had an even further emotional impact on Serwatiak to see the youth step up and take on the cause. It was a 17-year-old who had died, and donated the liver that saved her life.
“I had 12 hours to live. I’m only here because a 17-year-old died and that family had the knowledge (of organ donation),” the St. Francis Secondary School teacher told a crowd gathered at St. Catharines City Hall last Friday morning. “I absolutely believe, as a high school teacher, you are it. You’re the ones who are going to make the donations down the road, and help increase the donation rate in the province.”