First pitch goes out to organ tissue donor awareness

WBBJ | Amanda Gerry

JACKSON, Tenn. — When we’re at a populated place such as a ballpark, we see many faces, but we never really know what each of those individuals are going through. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Amanda Gerry got a chance to speak with members of two families at the game Saturday, about how their lives have been transformed by organ donors.

“It’s in front of a lot of people. I’ve never done it before, so we’ll see how that goes,” said Hunter Williams, whose grandmother was an organ donor.

Hunter got the opportunity to throw the first pitch at the Generals game Saturday to represent organ tissue donor awareness.

“Currently there are 115,000 people nationwide who are on the waiting list, and to give you an idea, just in Tennessee alone, 2,9000 are waiting,” said Wanda Stanfill, public relations coordinator for Tennessee Donor Services.

Hunter says his grandmother past away just last year; his family deciding to donate her organs. Hunter’s mom says they received a letter from one of the recipients Saturday, a mother of two from New York.

“She’s had liver disease for ten years. Her quality of life was terrible, sick, and her doctors told her it was only going to get worse,” said Sandy Williams, whose mother was an organ donor. Continue reading