Transplant survivors share stories to raise awareness for organ donation Organ Donors

WYMT | Taylor Upchurch

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Folks in Perry County gathered together for a "Donate Life" flag raising Wednesday in hopes of raising awareness about the importance of organ donations in the month of April.

Though the rain kept the flag from raising, it did not stop organ donors and survivors from sharing their stories in hopes to encourage others to sign the registry to save a life.

Francis Click, Community Educator, says there is a myth that leaves many believing they are not able to donate based on their body's condition.

"Every single person, any age, any condition can be on the registry," Click said. "We will let the doctors make the decision on who can give the second chance."

Donor families say this simple act gives the gift of life to those who are on a waiting list, hoping to hear their phone ring before it is too late.

Jennifer Dials, who was once in need of both a pancreas and kidney, was told to not expect a call in another 18 months but it came much sooner than that.

"There were four or five people in front of me and none of them were matches," Dials said. "So, I got the kidney and pancreas." Continue reading


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