April is National Donate Life Month

KNIAS KRLS | Andrew Schneider
This month, everyone is encouraged to learn more about organ donations and the impact they have on thousands of Americans each year.

April is National Donate Life Month, and Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom says many Iowans and others around the nation are in dire need of potentially life-saving transplants. More than 119,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants, another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, and 22 people die each day waiting on the list. Currently, just over 700 people are waiting for organs in Iowa.

Van Gorkom’s wife Susan was the recipient of a double-lung transplant two years ago.

“What a difference you see in a person after they’ve had at that transplant, because you just watch them go down, and the only way back up in some of those situations is an organ donation,” Van Gorkom says. “Like Susan and I have said many a time daily, we think about the people that have lost a loved one because of what has happened to Susan and to many other people in that way. It’s such a blessing for us, and talking to some of those people that are donor families, a blessing to them also.” Continue reading
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