LETTER: Club's donation honors eye, tissue and organ donors

Grand Forks Herald | Sally Jacobson

I would like to publicly thank the Emerado-Arvilla Lions Club for their $500 donation to the "Our Living Legacy" wall at Altru Health System.

The wall is the first in North Dakota, and honors those who have passed away at Altru and were eye, tissue and organ donors. The Lions' Clubs support eye donation, and about 90 percent of those on this wall have been eye donors.

The Emerado-Arvilla Lions Club is the first Lions Club to be recognized on this wall.

Currently, about 123,000 people in the United States are awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant, and 21 people die each and every day because they don't receive this amazing gift of life.

I am the fortunate recipient of this generous gift, a liver, which I received in 2006.

The next time you are at Altru Health System, please take time to visit this wall; it is to the left of the reception desk in the main entrance. This beautiful tribute memorializes organ, eye and tissue donors and provides a place where families and friends can always come to see their loved one's photo and tribute.

People's lives have been saved and/or enhanced because of their amazing gifts. Story source