THE MESSENGER NEWS | Cody ThompsonCROCKETT – The month of April plays host to several well-known national holidays: April Fool’s Day, Passover and Easter are the most popular. What most people do not know is that April also is the home of National Donate Life Month.
National Donate Life Month honors the individuals who have registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
“Organ donation allows an individual to share the gift of life with someone who is in danger of losing theirs,” Timberlands Hospital in Crockett Physician’s Assistant Scott Shaver told the Messenger on Tuesday.
A Newton ISD football coach and friend of Shaver’s was one of the lucky few who receive the organs they so desperately need, Shaver said.
“A friend of mine had a double lung transplant a few years back,” Shaver said. “It was awe-inspiring to see him go from hardly being able to breathe to being able to run and play with his kids again.”
Shaver also shared the story of a young soldier and organ donor who died during his service. His organs were given to eight individuals on the national waiting list.
“People don’t understand how much of an impact organ donation can have,” Shaver said. “This one young man helped eight different people that needed transplants.” Continue reading
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