Nanuet organ-donation advocate to get NBC home makeover

THE JOURNAL NEWS | Karen Roberts

Heart transplant recipient Roxanne Watson, who was selected to get a house makeover from NBC's George to the Rescue, on her deck where part of the makeover will take place, May 25, 2017 in Nanuet.(Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)
Roxanne Watson will make you change your mind about giving.

With her big smile and warm greeting, she'll politely ask you if you are registered for organ donation in New York state. A survivor and health advocate, she wants people to think hard about donating vital organs like a heart or kidney after death.

Watson is a recipient of a heart donated by 23-year-old Michael Blain Bovill, a Coast Guard E3 Fireman who died in July 2010, but gave the gift of life to five people.

“Michael saved five of us. He saved five completely different people, different ages, different religions,” Watson says.

She’s dedicated her life to education about organ donation and has signed up almost 10,000 New Yorkers through Long Live NY, the most of any person nationwide. Continue reading

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