Giving a living gift: Teen drivers urged to become organ donors

Shelby Times Gazette | Jason Reynolds

Donna Orr talks about organ donation to Shelbyville Central High School students. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)

Several Shelbyville Central High School sophomores now understand that organ donation can save lives.

Drivers education classes heard a presentation by Donna Orr, whose late husband David twice received a double-lung transplant and was a well-known advocate for organ donation.

"You become somebody else's hero," Orr said.

She shared details of David Orr's life, including his getting to play golf in the Transplant Olympics. There was a hiccup in David's second transplant because the donor, a 21-year-old, had not discussed the decision with his parents, Donna Orr said. In the end, David received the transplant.

"It's very important to talk to your parents about becoming a donor," she said.

The presentation was arranged by Jim Martin, a drivers education teacher and assistant basketball coach at Central. Continue reading