ERIE, Pa. — More than 121,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant.
More than 8,400 of those are right here in Pennsylvania.
UPMC Hamot is doing what they can to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.
In honor of April being Donate Life Month, and to spread awareness of the need for people to become organ donors, UPMC Hamot held a ceremony to honor those who’ve received and donated organs.
Two recipients shared their story on why they’re still alive today thanks to organ donation.
One of them, Marty Brown, who received a heart transplant on Nov. 21, waited three and half years to receive that phone call.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives.
But the ceremony Monday was also to spread a message.
“To raise awareness about organ donation,” UPMC Hamot President David Gibbons said. “And really to encourage the public to give serious thought to donating an organ.”
UPMC Hamot is the only certified kidney transplant center in the region.