CORE volunteer tells story of how her son’s organs helped to save three lives

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Every 18 hours, someone in Pennsylvania dies while waiting for a life-saving organ.

Today, volunteers from CORE, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education set up a table in the lobby of UPMC Hamot to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.

One of the volunteers lost a son to a drug overdose but learned that his organs could still be harvested and used.

It was a tough decision that helped several people.

CORE Volunteer Vicki Pius says, “The decision itself to donate wasn’t hard, it was tough losing my son. I mean, if he was buried with those organs, it wasn’t going to bring him back and why would I be selfish… Someone could benefit from them.”

Pius says because of her son’s donated organs, three transplant patients are alive today living normal lives.

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