SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield is celebrating April as Donate Life Month by educating residents about being an organ donor and asking people to register as a donor at the RMV when getting or renewing a license, Real ID, or ID.
According to a news release sent to 22News, Donate Life Month in Springfield is an opportunity to educate residents about being an organ donor, celebrate the lives saved and enhanced through donation, and honor the donors who have donated an organ.
Mayor Domenic Sarno hosted an observance on the steps of Springfield City Hall welcoming New England Donor Services and raising the Donate Life Flag Tuesday morning.
Liver recipient Glen Wiley of Granby is alive today because of the donor who registered when they had their driver’s license renewed, “I’ve had the honor to meet my donor family, and donor families are actually very relieved when they find their loved ones, even though they’ve passed, they can help someone else.”
“My sister died from waiting for a lung transplant, and I don’t want any other families to lose a loved one, because there weren’t enough registered donors,” said Liz Sanderman from the Medford Lions Club.
Mary Lou Crowley of Springfield told 22News how an organ donor extended her son’s life, “This is my son John, he was an organ recipient. He received a double lung transplant. He was a senior in college, he survived on an oxygen tanks for three years. He received the double lung transplant.”
Across America, there are more than 100,000 patients waiting for an organ transplant and last year, with the help of New England donor services, more than 1,000 lives were saved through the generosity of people who had registered as organ donors. Residents can registering as a donor at the RMV when getting or renewing their driver’s license, Real ID, or ID or online.
The news release sent to 22News from New England Donor Services state that over 1,027 lives were saved in New England in 2020 because of organ donors and thousands more lives were enhanced through the gift of tissue donation.