Aug 282019
 

Organ, eye and tissue donations from a deceased loved one not only improve and save lives, but also offer hope and healing for donors’ grieving families.  That’s the message Capital Rotarians heard Aug. 28 from We Are Sharing Hope SC, the state’s only organ procurement organization.  Guest speakers Pamela Eyring (left in photo) and Kristine Neal came to talk about “donor heroes” who make possible the success of transplant recipients.  Eyring – whose son was a tissue donor after an untimely death – said his legacy lives on in more than 300 people whose lives were touched by his gift.  Neal is communications director for We Are Sharing Hope SC.  She said 472 lives were saved in the state in 2018 by 181organ donors and 292 tissue donors; a total of 550 organs were transplanted.  But she noted that over 113,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list – more than 1,100 in the Palmetto State – and 22 people die daily while waiting.  Any person of any age or with any medical history can register as an organ donor at no cost.  All major religions support organ donation, Neal said, adding that although 95% of people say they support the idea, only about half are registered donors.  We Are Sharing Hope SC focuses on educating the public about the importance that a “yes” to organ donation can make.

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