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Triangle residents celebrate National Donate Life Month

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Nationally, more than 120,000 men, women and children are waiting for organ transplants.  More than 3,000 live in North Carolina. Nationally, more than 120,000 men, women and children are waiting for organ transplants. More than 3,000 live in North Carolina.
RALEIGH, N.C. - April is National Donate Life month. Saturday afternoon, two Triangle organizations are really trying to drive that message home. They held a "Donate Life Family Fun Day."

For some attendees, it's an event they never thought they'd see.

"I would have been dead a long time ago if it weren't for an organ donor," said Gary Singleton.  He had a bi-lateral lung transplant in 2003. Singleton said he counts his blessings every day for the donor he never knew.

"I would not be standing here if some 16-year-old boy hadn't decided to be an organ donor," he said. 

Carolina Donor Services and Cytonet hosted the event.


"Our goal is to help people understand how important organ donation is," said Singleton. 

One donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 50 people. Organ recipients said it's not always an easy choice, but it is one that can give someone another shot at life.


"If we can get more people to come in and at least sign up, to get the heart on the license or at least let your family know your intentions, we could save so many lives," said Skid Rowe.  He had a heart transplant in 2005.

Nationally, more than 120,000 men, women and children are waiting for organ transplants.  More than 3,000 live in North Carolina.

Patricia Sanders decided to become a donor Saturday after witnessing firsthand what it means to a family. Her daughter had a heart and kidney transplant in 2011. 


"Life is very important to everybody," she said.  "If you can help save somebody else's life, please donate. You always need to help somebody."

This was the first year for the Donate Life Family Fun Day. Organizers hope to bring a bigger crowd and have more people sign up each year.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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