Organ donors seize triumph from tragedy


HAVERHILL — Two parents whose children saved lives after tragically losing their own were among a group that gathered in City Hall on Monday to promote tissue and organ donation.

They say registration is easy, and can be done at any age at the Registry of Motor Vehicles or online.

Mayor James Fiorentini and City Councilor Colin LePage joined with several individuals personally touched by organ donation as the Registry of Motor Vehicles and New England Donor Services celebrated April as "Donate Life Month."

They are encouraging citizens to register as organ and tissue donors when they obtain or renew a license at the registry, which officials with New England Donor Services said is overwhelmingly the most popular way to register.

City Councilor LePage’s son Christopher saved a life when he became an organ donor after his untimely death from a drug overdose. Haverhill resident Heidi Damiano and Salisbury resident Mel Yell lost their son Travis Yell, who was killed by a car when crossing a road. Travis Yell's organ donation saved four people who were waiting on transplant lists.

"No one wants to experience the pain Colin and I suffered at the loss of our children," Damiano said. Continue reading
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