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Saginaw ceremony celebrates Gift of Life organ donors

Gift of Life says you or your loved one can save up to 8 lives by donating organs and tissue. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. - A Genesee County woman getting a gift that changed her life.

Then her daughter received the same thing.

For families, it can be one of the most difficult choices they'll ever make.

One by one they read names of people who donated their organs.

And while you can see the candle lighting ceremony, there was a time when 89-year-old Lorene Wilson could not.


"My grandmother was blind my great grandmother was blind,” she said.

Over 20 years ago she had separate cornea transplants in both eyes.

She calls the results of that transplant a miracle.

Years later her daughter Jan also had the cornea of one eye replaced from a man she didn't know.

“I got a letter shortly after my transplant, and I opened that and I burst into tears. His name was David and he was killed in a car accident,” Jan Wilson says.

Gift of Life Michigan says there's a waiting list for organs of 34 hundred people in our state.

Eighty percent of them need kidneys.

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"When we get our license, we don't understand or know there are people out there who are in desperate need,” said Joanne Sparks of Ascension-St. Mary’s hospital.

Both Lorene and her daughter Jan are thankful someone gave them the ultimate gift.

“I think about how I can see, because of the decision that was made by David’s wife,” says Jan.

Gift of Life says you or your loved one can save up to 8 lives by donating organs and tissue.

To show you how to become a donor check out their website.

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