Organ donation: One man’s legacy of sharing his life with others

Guest post from Memorial Hospital, North Conway, New Hampshire

When Dawn Stone stands atop Mt. Chocorua this summer surrounded by family and friends to scatter her son Tyler’s ashes, she’ll be comforted by the knowledge that a part of him lives on in many people she doesn’t even know.

Just 24 years old, Tyler Douglas Wade had an exciting future ahead of him when a pulmonary embolism claimed his life in February. Despite the suddenness of the tragedy, his family worked with the New England Organ Bank through Memorial Hospital to carry out his wishes to be an organ donor.

This April marks the 13th annual National Donate Life Month, a time to commemorate those who have given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. The New England Organ Bank is one of many organizations actively encouraging people to register their decision to donate. Currently, more than 123,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives and thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants.

Tyler’s mother said her son knew at an early age that being an organ donor was important. “When he got his first driver’s license at 16, he made a point to check the box that said he wanted to be a donor,” she said. Continue reading

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