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Walk of remembrance held to honor organ, tissue, and eye donors

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – April is Donate Life month and Friday was the fifth annual Walk of Remembrance honoring organ, tissue, and eye donors.

Due to weather, the walk was held inside of the Francis Building at Mayo Clinic Saint Marys.

Friday’s special ceremony was to pay tribute to organ donors with this year’s theme being “Life is a Beautiful Ride”.

Rochester mayor, Kim Norton proclaimed Friday to be Donate Life Day in Rochester.

There are nearly 114,000 people currently on the waiting list for a transplant and an average of 22 people die every day because the organ they need is not donated in time.

Those in attendance Friday included organ donor families, transplant recipients, and even a few patients who are still waiting for their life saving transplant, among many others.

We spoke with a woman who had her lifesaving heart transplant seven weeks ago, about why it’s so important to have organ donors.

“It’s crucial,” said Brenda Sweeney. “I mean, it’s live saving. I’ve always had donor on my drivers licence but it takes a whole new meaning to it now. It’s such an honorable thing that families do for others and you just can’t take it lightly. I myself, will always honor the organ because there’s a family out there that saved my life.”

If you are not already an organ donor, you can become one by checking “yes” when applying or renewing your drivers, fishing, or hunting licences.

You can also register online to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor by clicking here.

Sarah Gannon

Sarah Gannon

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