Organ donor families, recipients stress importance of giving, getting life

NEWS 3 LV | Kyndell Nunley
Organ recipients and families of organ donors gathered and walked on the UNLV campus Saturday, April 15, 2017, for the first Walk for Hope to encourage organ and tissue donations. (Kyndell Nunley | KSNV)
Dozens of donor recipients gathered alongside the loved ones of organ donors in an effort to raise awareness on the need of life-saving decisions.

The first "Walk for Hope" was held on the UNLV campus, put on by the Nevada Donor Network.

Among those attending was Krystal Hill, who spoke in honor of her 18-year-old son, Jesse, who was killed by an impaired driver.

"He was attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, studying to be a rocket scientist, literally," she recalled. "I don't think complete healing is true. I will grieve until the day I take my last breath. That was my son," Hill said.

Jesse went on to save the lives of others as an organ donor.

"It gives a circumstance to what Jesse donated," Hill said of today's walk. "You don't know what the tissue, or the veins and everything did, but when you meet someone and hear their story, and you're like, someone like that, my son was able to heal." Continue reading
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