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40 Force: Donation Day

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — April is National Donate Life Month and Monday, the 40 Force helped you become a donor.

Today, representatives from Life Choice were be here at our studios in Springfield to help you sign up to be an organ donor.

Medical experts were also here here to take your calls and answer your questions between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m.

You also heard stories from those who have donated and those who have benefited from a donated organ.

Thanks to LifeChoice Donor Services for manning our information and sign-up booth Monday.

LifeChoice will be holding a 5K and 2 mile fun run and walk on May 3 to raise awareness for the gift of organ donation. The event, called the 2014 Blue and Green Walk/Fun Run, will be held in Windsor, Conn. For more information on that event, you can CLICK HERE.

We would also like to thank our panel of experts who took your calls:

  • Joyce Fiorentino, RN – Transplant Clinician, Baystate Medical Center
  • Dr. Barbara Ann Greco – Nephrologist, Baystate Medical Center
  • Dr. Kenneth McPartland – Transplant Surgeon, Baystate Medical Center

RELATED STORIES
40 Force: Donation Day – A Recipient’s Story
40 Force: Donation Day – A Donor Story

HELPFUL LINKS
LifeChoice Donor Services
Register to become an organ donor
Why should you donate?
Facts about Organ Donation
Why Minority Donors are Needed

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  • Medina Family

    Without organ donation, my husband would have met his maker several years ago. He was blessed with 2 Liver transplants of which we never thought would happen. His first Liver transplant was in Nov. 2011 and rejection started 3 months later. It was a long road of many ups & downs to keep him “healthy” against the many complications that arose during this time. Never in this world, did we ever think he would survive the wait for the 2nd transplant. He received his 2nd Liver transplant in August 2011. There aren’t enough words to describe the thankfulness and blessings to say to the families of the donor’s involved. Our family is proud to be organ donors so that we can help other families that are in need an organ transplant. We are happy to say that my husband has had no complications since the 2nd transplant. I know we will never be “out of the woods” but celebrate each & every day of survival because of 2 special donors that believed in “Donate Life”. The most unselfish choice one can make is to be an organ donor. Blessings to all, The Medina Family, Chester, Massachusetts