Organ donations can add years to the lives of people in need of transplant

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – April is Organ Donation Month in Springfield. Mayor Domenic Sarno issued a proclamation urging more commitment to helping thousands who can only survive by receiving a donated organ.

Glen Wiley of Granby told 22News he’s only alive today because doctors found a liver to replace his cancerous organ. “I think of that person every day, you can’t help it,” Wiley said. “I think about his family. I’m hoping they’re doing well. I don’t have any idea who may donor is.”

Mary Lou Crowley of Springfield attends these events on behalf of her son, whose life was extended by years because someone had donated the lung which kept him alive. “He was lucky to get a lung transplant six years ago,” she explained. “It kept him alive six more years. He was able to get a college degree, live independently.”

New England Donor Services reports that a year ago, organ donation saved more than 1,100 lives.

The agency describes the donation of an organ, the most unselfish gift anyone can give.

Here in Massachusetts, nearly everyone who registers as an organ or tissue donor does so with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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