AME conference in Florence highlights organ donation

SC NOW | Shamira McCray

Brenda Gordon Pogue told stories of her son, who was able to have some of his organs donated after his death.

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is working to get more people to become organ donors.

A new effort called “I AM AME Donation Initiative” was discussed Friday at the AME Church,s 2015 Post Planning Convocation and Theological Institute at the Florence Civic Center.

The “I AM AME Donation Initiative” is a partnership between the AME Church, LifePoint and Donate Life South Carolina.

Thursday’s session included the sharing of experiences by speakers who were each affected by organ donation in different ways. People were educated on the need for organ donors.

The district’s bishop is a kidney recipient.

The Rev. Mary Singleton said her father died about 21 years ago. He needed a kidney, but died before he could get it. Singleton said things have changed since that time, but in a way, they’re still the same. Continue reading