HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A celebration to commemorate National Donate Life Month was held at St. Mary’s Medical Center Friday morning.
The flag raising ceremony honored those that have donated their organs so that others could live.
Those donors are also commemorated and honored inside the medical center in the form of a “Tree of Life” display.
According to the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), over 113,000 people are waiting for a life saving organ.
“There’s only going to be about a third of us, once we die, that will be able to die in a manner that [will allow us to] be a donor,” said Trish Sacconi of KODA. “The supply is so low, but the demand is so great, so please just register and make sure you make your wishes known to your family.”
Sacconi says 20 people will die every day because they could not find a donor in time, and that every 10 minutes, another person gets added to the list of people needing an organ.
There are many ways to register as a donor.
You can register by going to your local DMV, by going online to RegisterMe.org or by downloading the MyHealth App on your smartphone.