ORGAN DONORS, RECIPIENTS SHARE STORIES FOR NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

WLS | Michelle Gallardo



MAYWOOD, Ill. (WLS) -- April is National Donate Life Month and Loyola University Medical Center is thanking organ donors and encouraging more people to register to give the gift of life to those in need.

Every year organ transplant donors, patients and doctors gather to share stories about their experiences.

"If it wasn't for somebody that decided to be a donor six months ago, I wouldn't be here in front of you today," said John Bak, a transplant recipient from Lindenhurst.

Bak, a 42-year-old father of two, got a rare heart-kidney transplant after experiencing severe heart failure. Now, he's back to normal.

"There's no way to pay something like that back," said Bak. "There is no way to pay it forward other than to live your life in a way that is meaningful to others."

Melissa Gilbert, an Oak Park police officer, received a liver transplant last summer. She plans to marry her firefighter fiancé on the one-year anniversary of that life-saving operation. Continue reading

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You have the power to SAVE Lives
Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor
Nationwide:     Organ Donor | Donate Life America
Social Media Declaration: #organdonor #IamADonor

Be sure to share your decision with your family to ensure your generous gift is honored,  At risk is the legacy you wish to leave.
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