Organ donation can save lives, but only if a match is available

Published: Tuesday, April 30 2013 5:35 p.m. MDT

Nearly 5,000 Utahns have given their organs after death in the organization's 11-year history. Each of those names are listed at the Celebration of Life Memorial at Library Square. The list also includes live kidney donors and individuals who have given significant amounts of blood in their lifetime. New names are ceremoniously added to the list each August.

"This isn't just a donor and a recipient. The donor has friends, family and maybe children," McDonald said. "The death of that person has touched an awful lot of people and probably will continue to for a lot of years. The same is true for recipients and everyone who is excited they are alive.

"It is affecting whole families, and that can be a huge number of people," he said.

To register as an organ donor, visit www.yesutah.org.

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