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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Organ Recipients Speak to Need for Donations of Life

Denise Swistak owes her life to a man from Oklahoma whom she'd never met.
iBERKSHIRES | Tammy Daniels

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Denise Swistak owes her life to a man from Oklahoma whom she'd never met.

And it's all because he had checked off the box to be an organ donor on his driver's license application.

"A man from Oklahoma saved my life. I'll never know him, I thanked his family for his generosity and for the unselfish gift they decided to give to me," said Swistak, tearing up at the memory. "They gave me a new life. I will be forever connected to that family in Oklahoma. I'll probably never meet them, maybe, god willing someday, I will."

Swistak's message was delivered on Tuesday at City Hall to raise awareness of the ease of signing up to be an organ or tissue donor — right when you apply or renew your driver's license. The event was attended by Mayor Richard Alcombright and state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who both provided official proclamations, Registry of Motor Vehicles Registrar Erin Deveney and Matthew Boger of New England Organ Bank. Continue reading
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