Donors recognized as part of Donate Life Month at memorial tree in Clarksburg

METRO NEWS | Aaron Payne

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As National Donate Life Month continues through April, several organizations came together with the community to honor organ, tissue and cornea donors from the past year.

For the third year, United Hospital Center, Donate Life West Virginia and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education gathered at the Donor Tree in the People’s Hospice Memorial Garden in Clarksburg to celebrate the gifts of life.

“The tree is an opportunity for folks to come and recognize their loved ones,” Christy Conley, West Virginia community outreach coordinator for CORE said. “It’s here all year long and it’s something United Hospital hospital has put up in honor of donors, not just for this year. It’s a symbol of life.”

Those with family members who became donors were able to hang notes telling their loved one’s story next to the sun catchers representing those lost.

As April is designated National Donate Life month as an attempt to encourage people to become donors, Conley said Wednesday’s event was intended to shed a light on the need for people to sign up in the Mountain State. Continue reading

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