Hundreds of life-saving donors honored at annual Celebration of Life ceremony

FOX 13 SALT LAKE CITY | Danica Lawrence

SALT LAKE CITY — The annual Celebration of Life Monument Ceremony was held at the downtown Library Square Saturday morning, and 650 names were added to the glass memorial wall honoring those who donated organs, eyes and/or tissue.

Of those 650 people, 619 are deceased. The other 31 are living donors who gave livers or kidneys. Several speakers talked to a crowd of hundreds about the trials and tribulations those in need of an organ donation face.

Madison Richardson, 21, shared her experiences after receiving two cornea transplants, and she also shared the story of one of her donors.

“The donor for my first transplant was an 11-year-old boy named Levi Johnson,” said Richardson to the crowd of recipients and donors’ families. “He was hit and killed by a drunk driver December of 2014, and just three days after that, because of the selfless decision that his mom made, I was able to regain my sight.” Continue reading
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