Organ donation gives gift of life

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The greatest gift one person can give another is life. Through organ, tissue and eye donation, one person can give life or improve life for more than 60 people.

April is National Donate Life Month, and because I have experienced it firsthand, I believe in organ donation. I have been blessed twice – first with a heart transplant 10 years ago, and last December I received a double transplant – a heart and a kidney. Because of my donors’ decisions to become organ donors, and their families’ complying with their wishes, I am living life to the fullest. I have lived to see my three children get married, and I became a grandmother for the first time last week.

I celebrate 38 years of marriage this year. I enjoy hiking and bicycling; camping and bluegrass festivals; playing the organ and autoharp; and spending time with my family. I honor my donors by volunteering with LifeLink of Georgia’s Transplant Advocacy Group, speaking to civic clubs, schools, churches and other organizations about the importance of making a positive decision about donation.

There are more than 3,800 people in Georgia and more than 1,000 in South Carolina waiting for life-saving transplants. More donors are needed. Donation does not disfigure the body, doesn’t cost the donor’s family and doesn’t delay the funeral. There is no age limit for donation, and nearly all religions approve donation as an unselfish gift. Won’t you be a hero and sign up to be an organ, tissue and eye donor? It’s so easy to do – at the Department of Driver Services, mark “yes” on your license, or go online at or to sign up on the official registry. Also don’t forget, you can be a living donor by sharing a kidney with someone.

To arrange for a speaker or to learn more information, contact LifeLink of Georgia at (706) 854-0333.

Sherrell Gay


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tcsnider 04/07/13 - 09:33 am
I agree!

I have to say that I agree 100% with Sherrell about organ donation. My husband was blessed enough to have a generous sister to give him a kidney in 1988 which totally changed his life. Before the surgery, he was almost completely homebound but within a few days, was totally transformed! All these years later you would never know he had ever been ill. We were so blessed and I feel that if there is ANYthing of mine useful to help others, it would be selfish to withhold when that time comes for me to leave this earth.

t3bledsoe 04/07/13 - 12:11 pm
Organ transplants

My wife has already "gone on record" as an organ donor at her death. I know enough about organ donations that there are some organs that can be given while still alive. Giving an organ while still alive is possibly one of the greatest gifts one can EVER give! I have given whole blood and plasma over the last few decades, but I would have to think long and hard to give an organ ! Perhaps as time progresses, people will feel more comfortable about this. GOOD LETTER!

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Truth Matters 04/07/13 - 06:40 pm

I checked "yes" for organ donor on my driver's license some years ago.
We have several friends that have been blessed by generous organ donors. When the time comes, I gladly offer any organs that can be used.

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