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Friday, June 17, 2016

Organ donation offers second chance at life

ALBANY HERALD | Jennifer Parks

ALBANY — When someone talks about giving the gift of life, the mind is often drawn to blood donations. But there is another method of giving such a gift for which there is still a dire need to raise awareness.

LifeLink Foundation has the monumental task of getting the word out on the importance of organ donation, addressing myths about the process and recruiting potential donors who might be destined to have a part of themselves live on in another person.

Carla Hawkins, education specialist for LifeLink, is among those tasked with educating the public on the importance of organ donation. The organization facilitates organ donations so that when an organ donor passes away and they are a match to a recipient, the recipient gets the organ he or she needs.

Hawkins has the duty of educating the multicultural Southwest Georgia community through donor drives, workshops and presentations at various venues. The group’s current focus is on minorities, who are less likely to consent to donation, Hawkins said. Continue reading
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