Cameron Bean's mother speaks about importance of organ donation

WRCB | Kate Smith
Bean was a local athlete killed late last year. His family is being recognized for saving 5 lives by donating his liver, kidneys, lungs, and his heart.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - April is National Donate Life Month, a time to honor the uncountable lives touched by organ, eye, and tissue donations. Erlanger joins thousands of hospitals across the US recognizing those donors. Friday, one of the donors being honored is Cameron Bean.

Natalie Cothran wakes up every morning thankful for a healthy kidney. She got a second chance of life in 1992 after going into kidney failure. “I was beginning to move slower, I wasn't eating well. My skin was getting even darker. It was depressing,” said kidney recipient. She was a young mother of two, basketball coach, and high school teacher fighting to keep it all together. “If you can stay as positive as possible, with a great support system, and do everything the doctor tells you, then there is hope for all of us.”

It's hope that thousands of people share while waiting for a donor. A donor like Cameron Bean, a young healthy athlete killed in September by a distracted driver. “He donated to five different people. Four men,1 lady. His heart, both his kidneys, liver. We are just so thankful that in this tragedy we were able to help somebody,” said Cameron Bean’s mother, Lisa Bean. Continue reading 
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