Utah organ donation: Impacted families honored at special holiday event

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They’re part of a unique circle: organ donors, recipients, and family members of donors. On Wednesday, the Yes Utah Donor Registry honored them with a special holiday celebration.

The holidays can be tough for people who have lost loved ones. For many people in attendance Wednesday, knowing their loved ones live on through others is a priceless gift.

“Anthony was 13 years old, healthy, active 13-year-old boy. He passed away unexpectedly,” said Keri Stephens.

It’s been six years since Stephens’ son Anthony passed away from a brain injury. On the saddest day of her life, she gave other families the greatest gift.

“Anthony changed eight people’s lives with his organ donation and gave the gift of sight to two different people because of the donation of his corneas,” Stephens said.

Right now, there are about 800 people on the Utah transplant waiting list and more than 500 people waiting for a kidney in Utah.

If you wish to join the Utah organ donation registry, please register here.

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Source: Fox 13