Donate Life flag raising ceremony held at Garrett Regional Medical Center


OAKLAND, MD — Garrett Regional Medical Center hosted the Living Legacy Flag Raising Ceremony in recognition of National Donate Life Month. Guest speaker for the ceremony was Mike Butler, a transplant recipient who now serves as a Donate Life Ambassador. Also on hand for the ceremony was the family of Leon Paugh, from Kitzmiller, who was an organ donor. Paugh’s family included his wife, Carol Paugh, daughter, Brenda Livengood, and granddaughter, Chelsea Wiltison.

“Since my transplant, I went from a table of over 30 pills a day to just six; four being anti-rejection medicines,” explained Mike Butler who received a transplant 21 years ago and explains his transplant gift as his second chance. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Kelly, my donor, and her family. I carry “Kelly’s Spirit” on in everything I do and everywhere I go. I live everyday to the fullest — no bad days, just good and great days.”

Leon Paugh’s donation has served to help the advancement of medical science and education. Ehrin Darby, donor services coordinator for the Anatomy Gifts Registry describes Leon’s gift as one that “truly left a lasting impression on humankind.

National Donate Life Month was instituted in 2003 and is celebrated in April of each year to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. Continue reading
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