National Donor Sabbath is a weekend dedicated to the Center For Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) partnering with religious leaders to encourage community members to get involved.
Walking down the street or getting things done around the house was a challenge for West Virginia Native Belinda Griggs for more than 10 years.
“I was actually constantly sick a lot so I was unable to just do basic things like cooking and cleaning and working,” she said.
It’s because for 11 years she was on dialysis in need of a new kidney. In October 2011 she got it.
“So it’s just been very exciting, the transplant has went extremely well,” she said.
Now she can smile as she looks at the new memories she’s made with her kids and grand kids. It’s all thanks to CORE. It works to get people registered to become organ donors and then match organs with people in need, to help save their lives.
“It actually just changed my life tremendously,” said Griggs.
The weekend of November 12, 2016 is CORE’s National Donor Sabbath where it partners with religious leaders to encourage anyone in the community to become an organ donor and inform people about the need.
“So this is an opportunity for the faith leaders to outline and specify that almost all major religions believes it’s one of the greatest acts of love and generosity,” said Courtney Sullivan, Director of Communications with CORE.
Griggs’ donor was a 20-year-old boy, around the same age as her son at the time of the transplant. So it hit close to home.
“Basically you leave a legacy behind that could help save a life,” she said.
A life just like hers as she now volunteers with CORE to sign up donors.
Currently almost 500 West Virginians are in need of a life saving organ transplant. You can become a donor by choosing to do so when you get your license or go to donatelifewv.org.