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Photo gallery: Flag raised in honor of organ donation

Published: Tuesday, April 9 2013 2:47 p.m. MDT

Valeria Frandsen tells about her daughter, Vittoria, who died one week before her eighth birthday while waiting for a heart transplant, in Salt Lake City Tuesday, April 9, 2013. A National Donate Life Flag was raised at the Salt Lake City and County Building.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — To honor those individuals who have saved and improved lives through organ, eye and tissue donation, and to remember those who have died waiting for a transplant, the National Donate Life Flag was raised on Tuesday at the Salt Lake City-County Building.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker raised the flag and to express his gratitude to those who made the decision to save lives through organ donation. The event was sponsored by Intermountain Donor Services.

Valeria and James Frandsen shared the story of their daughter, Vittoria, who died one week before her eighth birthday, waiting for a heart transplant. Valeria said, "After losing our little girl, I know the deep and most debilitating grief one can experience and it is something I would not wish on anyone, but giving the gift of life so others can live is the greatest legacy one can leave. My husband and I, and even our young son, are all registered donors."

Dawn Christensen honored her daughter Patia, who died at the age of nine. Her parents made the choice to help others by donating Patia's organs, saving four lives.

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