Organ Donor Families and Transplant Recipients Issue Plea for More Registered Donors

WAER | Scott Willis

Tina Serio still struggles to come to grips with the death of her younger sister more than a year ago at age 38. At the same time, it warms her heart to know Dawn Woods saved several other lives because she donated her organs.
"One of her kidneys was transplanted into a 53-year-old man," Serio said. "He's married, he's from New York, and has two children. Her other kidney went to a woman who's 50 years old. She waited three long years for a kidney."
Serio was one of many donor families and transplant recipients who shared their stories yesterday as part of an effort to urge greater participation in the organ donor registry during Donate Life month. Turns out Serio and her husband Michael Sweet have transplant stories of their own. He noticed her green "organ donor awareness" bracelet.
"It started a conversation that me and Michael had on our very first date," Serio said. "He shared a story with me about a liver transplant he had in 1995. It turned into a story that I shared with him. I'm a recipient of a tissue enhancement. I got it in my knee after a car accident. It allows me to walk, and has enhanced my life in so many ways, I can't even tell you." Continue reading 
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