The Williamson Daily News | Rachel Dove-Baldwin
This is the motto and introduction on the pamphlets promoting the importance of being a donor that are provided to the public by the Donate Life of WV Foundation. For one local family, the recent death of a loved one brought this topic to life more than ever before and, according to them, opened their eyes to the number of individuals who are on various transplant lists.
The Toler family, who lost their brother Ben in July after he suffered a heart attack, has become supporters and crusaders for the cause of organ and tissue donation, after seeing what an impact their brother’s generous gift meant to those who benefited. A 28 year-old male gazed upon his young daughters face for the first time after receiving cornea transplant surgery following Ben’s death, and now see the world through the donated eyes.
“Knowing this has meant the world to us,” stated April Toler Mullins, a sibling of the deceased. “Ben will never truly be gone as long as there are people living that benefited from tissue, bone or skin that were donated after his death.”
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