CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Chicopee celebrated Organ and Donation Day outside City Hall on Thursday.
According to a news release sent to 22News, city officials and organ recipients joined to raise the Donate Life Flag and celebrate organ and tissue donation by encouraging people to register as a donor at the RMV when getting or renewing their driver’s license, Real ID, or ID. Residents can also register online.
In 2020, over 1,000 lives were saved in New England because of the generosity of individuals who became organ donors.
“For them to see me living my life and making the legacy of their loved one still apparent and still talking about it, it makes them feel a lot better knowing that their loved one didn’t pass way tragically for no reason,” said Lauren Meizo of Chicopee.
Meizo received a new heart and kidney in 2018 from donors. Before her transplant, former Patriots player Rob Gronkowski made a surprise visit to her hospital bed.
The event was held outside City Hall on Market Square Island at 11:30 a.m. The following people were in attendance:
- Chicopee Mayor John L. Vieau
- Chicopee City Council
- Elected Officials
- Matthew Boger of New England Donor Services
- MA RMV
- Organ recipients such as: Glen Wiley, Lauren Meizo, Kevin LeBeau, Scott/Kim Meyer, and Kathy Balakier
Residents were encouraged to socially distance and where a mask while at the event.